Book Launch December 7, 2014

For Immediate Release
November 25, 2013

The Route To Tokyo
World War II Experiences of Lt. Commander John R. “Jack” Hubbard, USNR
By John R. Hubbard
Edited by Elizabeth A. Hubbard and George U. Hubbard

Seventy-two years ago, the Japanese Empire attacked United States’ Hawaiian Naval installations at Pearl Harbor and neighboring air stations. It is therefore only fitting that December 7th be selected as the date for publisher Roots & Branches to release The Route To Tokyo.
John R. “Jack” Hubbard is well known as the colorful president of the University of Southern California (USC) during the 70’s decade, and as U.S. Ambassador to India at the end of President Ronald Reagan’s term of office, but this book is not about those experiences. This book is about some of his lesser known yet historically significant experiences as a naval aviator during World War II culminating with his unwitting participation in the bombing of Hiroshima. The Route to Tokyo is also a social commentary providing the reader with an intimate look into the hearts, minds, and activities of those in the military, civilian personnel, and leading politicians of the day. This includes a rare glimpse into the Kennedy clan, and an understanding of which Kennedy was really supposed to have been President of the United States of America .
Punctuated with poignant letters and photographs sent home during the war years, and preserved for future generations by his nephew and namesake John Randolph Paine M.D., Hubbard’s story-telling style of writing, and focus on the personalities of people and places brings history to life, and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. The Route To Tokyo provides insights into parts of US history virtually deleted from current public school education such as the presence of German U-boats along the US coastline. Jack, was deeply concerned at the amount of revisionist history increasingly being promulgated without any consideration of the relevant geopolitical, social, or economic issues leading up to the historical event in question. Therefore he took pains to expound personalities, activities, and interpersonal relationships to help transport younger readers back in time so that they could “feel”, and “sense”, and “laugh”, and “cry” vicariously.
A Texas native, John Randolph “Jack” Hubbard chose a career in academia after the war. A professor of British History, Hubbard taught at The University of Texas, Louisiana State University, and Yale University before adding university administration to his teaching responsibilities at Sophie Newcomb (Tulane). He left Sophie Newcomb when he accepted a position with the State Department to serve as USAID’s chief educational advisor in India. Hubbard ended his academic career at the University of Southern California where he both served as the university’s eighth president during the turbulent decade of the 70s, and taught British History until shortly before his death in 2011.

“No cheap seats for Lt. Commander Jack Hubbard. As a naval patrol/bomber pilot in the Pacific, CDR Hubbard occupied the jump seat as a participant in some of the most momentous events of World War II and the 20th Century. From Tinian and Iwo Jima to Hiroshima, The Route to Tokyo is original history at its finest.”
-- Charles W. Sasser, author of Patton's Panthers, First SEAL, One War-Two Fronts
and None Left Behind

“My highest recommendation and gratitude to LtCdr Hubbard – a pioneer in the development of tactics, techniques, and procedures to Naval Aviation. His memoirs sizzle with action-packed energy and are a quick read. As one of the Greatest Generation society has ever produced, Jack was one of the men and women who did not fight for fame or recognition but because it was the right thing to do.”
-- Brad Hildreth, Colonel, Aviation, US Army Retired

“Just think of it! A true story in the W.E.B. Griffin style. I couldn’t put it down,”
-- Jim Sitton, LtCdr, US Navy Reserve Retired (Naval Aviator)

The Route to Tokyo is available in both print and e-book formats. It can be purchased online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online stores. For more information, go to or contact Elizabeth Hubbard at 940-297-9347.
Published by Roots & Branches, an imprint of AWOC.COM Publishing, P.O. Box 2819, Denton, TX 76202. For more information, contact

Memoir, Paperback Original, $12.95, 204 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, 978-1-62016-081-7
Ebook, $5.99, 978-1-62016-094-7