I Could Never Be So Lucky Again: An Autobiography

James Harold Doolittle, Author, Carroll V. Glines, Author Bantam Books $22.5 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-07807-7
Best remembered as leader of the 1942 raid over Tokyo, Doolittle later commanded the U.S. 8th Air Force in England. After the war he was active in the reorganization of our defense establishment and became director of several companies in the private sector. Doolittle, with retired Army Air Force colonel Glines, here recounts his knockabout Alaskan youth, his experiences as a miner in California, his brief but successful career as a prizefighter, and his adventures as a aerial-show ``aerobat'' and later as a test pilot. Air history buffs will appreciate the detailed comments on the technological advances stimulated by competition for the Bendix and other air-race trophies during the '20s and '30s, races in which Doolittle was a prominent participant. The book recalls vividly Doolittle's days as an aviation pioneer--and retells the exciting story of the Tokyo raid. The rest, mostly dealing with the general's top-level leadership during the remainder of the war, his successes in the business world after retiring from the Air Force and the reception of innumerable honors and awards, is less interesting. Photos. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/29/1991
Release date: 08/01/1991
Mass Market Paperbound - 560 pages - 978-0-553-58464-6
Paperback - 644 pages - 978-0-553-38129-0
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