Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice


Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice Author Adam Makos
ISBN-10 0804176604
ISBN-13 9780804176606
Year 2017-03-21
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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For readers of Unbroken comes an unforgettable tale of courage from Americas forgotten war in Korea by the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U S Navys most famous aviator duo Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown and the Marines they fought to defend A white New Englander from the country club scene Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country An African American sharecroppers son from Mississippi Jesse became the navys first black carrier pilot defending a nation that wouldnt even serve him in a bar While much of America remained divided by segregation Jesse and Tom joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32 Adam Makos takes us into the cockpit as these bold young aviators cut their teeth at the worlds most dangerous joblanding on the deck of an aircraft carriera line of work that Jesses young wife Daisy struggles to accept Deployed to the Mediterranean Tom and Jesse meet the Fleet Marines boys like PFC Red Parkinson a farm kid from the Catskills In between war games in the sun the young men revel on the Riviera partying with millionaires and even befriending the Hollywood starlet Elizabeth Taylor Then comes the war no one expected in faraway Korea Devotiontakes us soaring overhead with Tom and Jesse and into the foxholes with Red and the Marines as they battle a North Korean invasion As the fury of the fighting escalates and the Marines are cornered at the Chosin Reservoir Tom and Jesse fly guns blazing to try and save them When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy lines and pinned in his burning plane the other faces an unthinkable choice watch his friend die or attempt historys most audacious one man rescue mission A tug at the heartstrings tale of bravery and selflessness Devotion asks How far would you go to save a friend Praise for DevotionRiveting a meticulously researched and moving account USA Today An inspiring tale portrayed by Makos in sharp fact filled prose and with strong reporting Los Angeles Times A must read New York Post Stirring Parade A masterful storyteller Makos brings Devotion to life with amazing vividness It reads like a dream The perfectly paced story cruises along in the fast lanewhen youre finished youll want to start all over again Associated PressA delight to read Devotion is a story you will not forget The Washington TimesMy great respect for Tom Hudner knows no bounds He is a true hero and in reading this book you will understand why I feel that way President George H W Bush This is aerial drama at its bestfast powerful and moving Erik Larson New York Times bestselling author of Dead WakeThough it concerns a famously cold battle in the Korean War make no mistake Devotion will warm your heart Hampton Sides New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice At last the Korean War has its epic a story that will stay with you long after you close this book Eric Blehm New York Times bestselling author of Fearless and LegendFrom the Hardcover edition

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