I have been listening to Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos for the last few days on my long commute to and from work. This is a “must read” for all of us. It practically had me in tears this morning as I was listening to the final chapters. Here is the publisher’s blurb from Baker and Taylor:
For readers of Unbroken and The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable tale of courage from America’s “forgotten war” in Korea, by theNew York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call.
Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo: Lieutenant Tom Hudner, a white New Englander from the country-club scene, and Ensign Jesse Brown, an African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi. Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighter planes for his country. Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot to defend a nation that wouldn’t 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 world’s most dangerous job—landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier—a line of work that Jesse’s young wife, Daisy, struggles to accept. Then comes the war no one expected, in faraway Korea.
Devotion brings us into the foxholes with U.S. Marines and soaring overhead with Tom and Jesse as they battle a North Korean invasion. As the fury of the fighting escalates, Tom and Jesse fly, guns blazing, to save a Marine division cornered at the Chosin Reservoir and outnumbered ten to one. 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 history’s 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?
If you ever wonder why friends ,especially those in combat situations, are willing to give up their lives for others; this will help you understand. It also gives one a different view of the Korean War and its true importance in world events. The Korean War was much more than a “police action.” This book is a must purchase for all military libraries. The audio book is one of the best produced audio books I have ever listened to. BUY BOTH NOW!!
Print ISBN: 9780804176583
Compact Disc: 9780553398410 or 9780553545456