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been submitted, but Ted Lawson, the co-author, was still a
pilot. He was one of Doolittle's men, the men who had
bombed Tokyo. Ted's plane came down and he was captured by
the Japs. He escaped somehow or other but he lost his leg.
Infection set in before they could treat him properly and
it had to be amputated.
But here we had this hair-raising book but we were
thwarted. President Roosevent himself said “No.” I went
straight to him. He said, “Not yet, my boy. Wait! You
sit on that book.” I had to keep this secret. It was
burning my tongue. You know I'm not very good at keeping
secrets, but this one I kept because all the details were
top security secrets. I don't know why, because the deed
had been done and most people suspected how it happened.
Finally we got a release on it. Collier's Magazine and
Random House pestered Roosevelt so that finally he said,
“Oh, hell, go ahead.”
Our next big wartime author was Quentin Reynolds.
This is another story. We might as well get into that.
Yes. Quent did a book called Only the Stars Are
Neutral, about the North African campaign. That was a huge
With that as a background, we got several other war
books. I've forgotten the names of some of them, but one
was Tunis Expedition, another story of North Africa, written
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