I Could Never Be So Lucky Again

I Could Never Be So Lucky Again

Pilot, scholar, daredevil, general . . . James "Jimmy" Doolittle was one of America\s greatest heroes. In a life filled with adventure and achievement, Doolittle did it all. As a stunt pilot, he thrilled the world with his aerial acrobatics. As a scientist, he pioneered the development of modern aviation technology. During World War II, he served his country as a fearless Pilot, scholar, daredevil, general . . . James "Jimmy" Doolittle was one of America\s greatest heroes. In a life filled wi...

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Title:I Could Never Be So Lucky Again
Author:James H. Doolittle
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Genres:History
ISBN:I Could Never Be So Lucky Again: An Autobiography of James H. Jimmy Doolittle
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:622 pages pages

I Could Never Be So Lucky Again Reviews

  • Beth/Chuck
    Aug 22, 2007
    Well written and very informative of author's life in pre-war America. Tells of his pioneering efforts to get higher octane aviation gasoline available in quantity. This helped our fighters to achieve better performance than most of their Axis counterparts. ...
  • Michael Gawlinski
    Jan 14, 2016
    Great for someone interested in the development of aircraft between the world wars. ...
  • Jeff
    Feb 26, 2012
    "Jimmy Doolittle, I Could Not Have Been so Lucky Again." by Jimmy Doolittle 1991. It seams more often than not, autobiographers are overly concerned with their legacy, tending to omit or embellish, essentially rewriting their own history. With out falling into the aforementioned catego...
  • Dan
    Jan 24, 2009
    Excellent autobiography by James Doolittle. He experienced so much in his life. Born at the dawn of avation, he participated in it's genesis and lived to see the jet age and men on the moon. Oh yea, he also lead the raid on Tokyo n WWII! ...
  • Relstuart
    May 18, 2014
    Interesting book. I was pretty familiar with the Doolittle raid on Japan but wasn't familiar with his technical work prior to WWII in putting together safe instrument flying/landing/takeoff procedures. I was also not very aware of his additional command roles in Africa and Europe after...
  • David Hill
    Jun 05, 2015
    In spite of having read extensively about World War II, somehow the only think I knew about Doolittle was the raid on Tokyo. Reading this book corrects that oversight. This is, of course, his autobiography. But it's more than that. It's also the story of the development of aviation ...
  • Chad
    Dec 17, 2009
    I really enjoyed the majority of this book; however some of the engineering aspects got a bit tedious but perhaps that is because I'm not an engineer. The story of his childhood, learning to fly, the war, and the air races were very interesting. ...
  • Bryce
    May 30, 2017
    Outstanding autobiography of a remarkable man whose life made a difference in civilian and military aeronautics. His courage and leadership we instrumental in the allied victories in both the European and Pacific theaters of war. His direct approach to problem solving got in my trouble...
  • Paul
    Aug 31, 2011
    There was a time when every American knew the story of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo, just four months and a week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Since I've been working as a volunteer tour guide at a major air museum, however, I've discovered this is no longer true, so every ...
  • Vojtech
    Nov 25, 2016
    A very cool book not only about the beginnings of aviation. Lots of interesting stuff also about the Tokio raiders and WWII in general. Towards the end the book focuses mostly on Doolittle's career as a member of various boards etc., that was probably the least exciting part for me. It...
  • Hella Comat
    Dec 22, 2014
    I thought this book was fantastic, and not just because General James "Jimmy" Doolittle was a famous pilot who was best known for "Doolittle's Raiders" - the aircraft carrier launched raid of B-25 bombers of Japan. They had no way of getting back to safety, other than to hope they had ...
  • Mark Mortensen
    Feb 08, 2014
    Having thoroughly enjoyed a biography of 4 star General James H. ?Jimmy? Doolittle USAF I could not pass up reading his autobiography. Doolittle?s book is foremost a historical account of his career as an aviator with details focusing on 20th Century aviation R&D. Much of the...
  • Mark
    Jun 14, 2017
    Very good. If you are looking for details about specifics on the Tokyo raid, look to other sources. However, excellent read on his life & his work to build the Air Force of today. ...
  • Liam Townsend
    Apr 19, 2013
    Despite the surname, Doolittle did it all. His autobiography recounts his early career as a boxer, pioneering service in aviation, success as a racer and test pilot, and instrumental role in the Pacific and Mediterranean theater. He earned a Ph.D from MIT, as well as a silver star, thr...
  • Gerry
    Dec 04, 2012
    ***Update 14 April 2019*** The last sole survivor and Co-Pilot to Gen. Doolittle passed away 5 days ago - Lt. Col. Richard Cole - Rest in Peace - I am grateful for your service to our nation. This book was a wonderful recounting of a life, unit, and family. This story is the story ...
  • George Anderson
    Jun 07, 2016
    Great autobiography that is a must for a full journey through the early days of aviation and into the post WWII growth of the USAF. Of particular note is Doolittle's mentioning the important role of systems engineering in major AF programs like the TITAN missile. He was a great man and...
  • Chet Brandon
    Nov 09, 2014
    I have always been interested in Jimmy Doolittle. I was aware that his impact on aviation was tremendous but didn't know much about the details. His book was mentioned in Bob Hoover's Flying the Feathered Edge and it made me want to pick up a copy. The book is written by Mr. Doolit...
  • Jim Cunningham
    Dec 23, 2018
    An excellent and very detailed and yet readable account of a remarkable life. Doolittle pulls no punches on anyone... including himself. Just read it! ...
  • Ken
    Jan 13, 2019
    Reading this book was like you're just sitting down with Jimmy Doolittle as he tells you his life. Nothing pretentious, just a fascinating story of a one of a kind man. From being born on the Yukon river in gold rush Alaska, growing up in California and his need for education before WW...
  • Donnell
    Mar 27, 2015
    Not sure I will finish this--but much impressed by the escapades recounted in the first chapter. General Doolittle leads a team of fifteen planes to strategically bomb Japan months after the Pearl Harbor attack. On top of the dangers of going in low--even as low as just above roof to...
  • Carol
    Jul 08, 2015
    While is drags slightly and can get bogged down with technical facts (which are not for me as I know little about planes), it is by far one of my favorite autobiographies. There is a large amount of technical plane jargon, but by the time the book is over you have one of the fullest ...
  • JF Murphy
    Nov 02, 2013
    A first rate memoir. Detailed with enough honesty to remain interesting seventy years after the key events occurred. The most surprising anecdote was to hear Doolittle describe how poorly regarded he was by Eisenhower. The Tokyo raid narrative is crisp and thrilling, without coming acr...
  • Scott Tewksbury
    Dec 01, 2015
    This was a great story of a man that lived the revolution of flight, and how circumstances and his initiative placed him in positions to make a difference in history. A fan of the Dolittle raid in early WWII , I had heard a lot about that, but there is much more to his life in this boo...
  • David
    Jul 22, 2014
    Amazing story of a WWI pilot who commanded probably the most daring air mission of WWII when he led a squadron of B-25 medium bombers off the deck of the USS Hornet to strike the Japanese mainland with little hope of safe return, later commanded a successful American airline company. ...
  • Marianne Evans
    Oct 26, 2014
    This fists flailing, scrapping, fearless, determined little boy grew into the role of a lifetime. The story Jimmy tells is one of love. Even though he loved life enough to risk losing it, he embraced his career his wonderful wife, beloved sons and his co workers. This was a great read....
  • Luke McGraw
    Nov 15, 2015
    When people hear the name ?Jimmy Doolittle?, they think of his daring attack on Japan. When he wrote his autobiography, James Doolittle wanted to inform the world about his many other achievements. He had a vast array of experiences and because of this, he wanted to teach the vital...
  • Christian J
    Dec 10, 2018
    This book is a glimpse into one of the hero's from what has been coined the greatest generation. A true pioneer in the aviation field, Doolittle's adventurous life is too amazing for fiction! ...
  • Johns
    Apr 12, 2016
    Jimmy Doolittle, a man small in stature, still strides large over our landscape in vivid memories of his commanding leadership style and amazing individual accomplishments. Not only of his unforgettable 1942 raid on Tokyo but also through many other notable achievements in his long lif...
  • Pelaf
    Nov 18, 2016
    James "Jimmy" Doolittle was a pioneer of aerial warfare tactics and was ultimately the man who ran the bombing raid on Tokyo in the early portion of WWII. This book goes on to tell his whole life story, it has a very Americana vibe to it and I found the whole book masterfully put toget...
  • Kyle Barribeau
    Nov 02, 2017
    It is a good book but it is hard to follow at some times, and they use some purity big words. ...