Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Brotherhood and Sacrifice

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Brotherhood and Sacrifice

Adam Makos / Dec 06, 2019

Devotion An Epic Story of Heroism Brotherhood and Sacrifice Devotion is the gripping story of the US Navy s most famous aviator duo Tom Hudner a white blue blooded New Englander and Jesse Brown a black sharecropper s son from Mississippi Against all odds

  • Title: Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Brotherhood and Sacrifice
  • Author: Adam Makos
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  • Page: 198
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  • Devotion is the gripping story of the US Navy s most famous aviator duo Tom Hudner, a white, blue blooded New Englander, and Jesse Brown, a black sharecropper s son from Mississippi Against all odds, Jesse beat back racism to become the Navy s first black aviator Against all expectations, Tom passed up a free ride at Harvard to fly fighter planes for his country BareDevotion is the gripping story of the US Navy s most famous aviator duo Tom Hudner, a white, blue blooded New Englander, and Jesse Brown, a black sharecropper s son from Mississippi Against all odds, Jesse beat back racism to become the Navy s first black aviator Against all expectations, Tom passed up a free ride at Harvard to fly fighter planes for his country Barely a year after President Truman ordered the desegregation of the military, the two became wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32 and went on to fight side by side in the Korean War In the war s climatic battle at the Chosin Reservoir, Tom and Jesse flew headlong into waves of troops in order to defend an entire division of Marines trapped on a frozen lake Jesse was shot down and pinned in the burning wreckage of his fighter Tom then faced an unthinkable choice to see his friend burn to death or to go down in a blaze of glory, flouting the rules to crash land behind enemy lines and save Jesse or die trying The question was crueller than the freezing wind How far will you go to save a brother

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      • Adam Makos

        Adam Makos is a journalist and author of the New York Times and international bestseller A Higher Call Inspired by his grandfathers WWII stories, he has interviewed veterans from WWII to present day battles In pursuit of a story, Adam has flown a WWII bomber, accompanied a Special Forces raid in Iraq, and organized an expedition into North Korea in search of an MIA American serviceman He lives in Denver.


    1. Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice.My thoughts on this book are rather long, because of the emotions that it has stirred in me: Pride of the fighting men, grief for their losses and happiness for the good that came from it.This is a true story about men fighting in the Korean War, the forgotten war. It’s called that because in 1950, WWII had just ended and no one wanted another war. Americans were tired of losing loved ones, men coming home missing eyes and limbs, sc [...]

    2. ***** FIVE STARS OF PROFOUND EXCELLENCE ***** Historically enthralling and biographically compelling. Far and above, Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice is the best book I've read this year (non-fiction or otherwise) bar none! Reads like fiction, but is one-hundred-percent authentically true, honoring American heroism, brotherhood, unity, and service. It is so many things: engagingly readable, human-interest encapsulating, suspense riveting, superbly written, meticulous [...]

    3. I have been given an opportunity to review the book “Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice” by Adam Makos. I read this 420 book in two days, day one was while I was receiving my infusion of Rituximab. “Devotion” inspired me. It melted my heart. It gave me an adventure to be a part of. I deeply enjoyed reading about the friendship of Tom Hudner and Jesse Brown during the Korean War as pilots. I enjoyed reading the other stories of friendship between the soldiers of [...]

    4. I shed tears through the entire book. Such nobility and bravery makes one proud to be a part of the greatest country in the world. Adam Makos is one of my favorite modern authors. He takes history and it's characters and creates a beautiful story of what it means to be American.

    5. I was engaged in finishing a fine book of historical fiction set during the closing months of the American Civil War when "Devotion" appeared in my mail box. It sat on my book shelf unopened for at least another 10 days before I finished the other book and finally had a chance to crack the cover of this one. If I had known what I was in for by reading this book I would have dropped the other one mid-way through and devoured this one! The other book was very good and commendable, but this one wil [...]

    6. I was a lucky winner in to receive this brilliantly written book. This book was an amazing read taking us on a journey through the lives of these brave men. Taking us on the real journey of the Korean War and what they went through. Thank you so much for this book and the true history lesson. I certainly will not forget these brave men and am looking forward to the pictures and video of your visit to North Korea with Lieutenant Thomas Hudner Jr. I give this book a 10 star!!!

    7. A wonderfully researched historical read about friendships that cross barriers during a time in America's history when there were racial barriers. First book I've ever read about the Korean War. I learned so much and appreciated all the footnotes.An early reader copy was received from . My husband also read this and really enjoyed it.

    8. Please excuse me on my not so very organised review as I've been crying my eyes out for the last 10 minutesI have come to a conclusion. I will read ANYTHING written by this man. Adam Makos is an ingenious writer, journalist and researcher. He and his teams unbelievable and relentless dedication to their work speaks throughout this book and their other books. First of all even though I'm a history buff, I knew next to nothing about the korean war, which I suppose gives truth to its other names-'T [...]

    9. The Korean War is often called the “Forgotten War,” and I have to confess that virtually everything I knew about it I learned from watching M*A*S*H while growing up. However, after reading Devotion, I will certainly never forget that war.Jesse Brown is the son of black sharecroppers in Mississippi; Tom Hudner is the wealthy heir to a grocery store chain in New England. Their divergent lives crossed when they were both pilots in the same Navy squadron in the Korean War. Jesse was the first bl [...]

    10. Devotion is the true story of Lieutenant Tom Hudner, a white New Englander who was part of the country club scene and Ensign Jesse Brown, a black sharecropper's son from Mississippi. They may have been worlds apart but they were good friends in a time that was frowned upon. During the Korean War, they flow in several missions risking their lives only to have one mission that would change their life and all those who loved them forever. The book also follows other co-workers and Marines that were [...]

    11. I was given the opportunity to read "Devotion" through an advanced reader's copy from a give-away. I would have finished this book much quicker if I was not in the middle of peeling wallpaper and painting. "Devotion" is a well-written and researched book about the Korean War. Although it centers around the friendship of two Naval aviators, Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner, there are many others stories being told in the book. I was thoroughly impressed in how Adam Makos incorporated their stories wit [...]

    12. I received an advance readers copy of this book through a give-away.I thought this was going to be a moving story of two Navy Pilots during the Korean War. It was that to be sure, but also so much more. This was an epic tale touching on the stories of multiple Navy Pilots in this platoon as well as a company of Marines deployed in North Korea at the same time. The author details many soldiers' histories and gives each man ample respect and reverence as the momentary star of the story.I learned [...]

    13. I received an ARC from the publisher for a fair review. Adam Makos, who had a surprise bestseller two years back in the WW II book, "A Higher Call", returns with the story of Lt. Tom Hudner, a well off white New Englander and Ensign Jesse Brown, two Naval Aviators, who forged a bond of friendship in the midst of the Korean War. This is a little known, but well told,story of early days of the integrated U.S. Armed Forces. It is also a compelling story of brotherhood and friendship in a very diffe [...]

    14. This is more of a 4.5 for me. I can be really stingy with my 5 stars, but what an amazing story this is! My 14-year-old son read it at the same time I was reading it, and he loved it, too. I highly recommend this book for both adults and mid-late teens, especially boys. In addition to increasing understanding of the Korean War (it seems nearly impossible to find books on that topic) and racial prejudice during the time period, it inspires valor and nobility.

    15. The Korean Conflict comes alive in the pages of this account of the devotion shared by two pilots who flew from the carrier Leyte. On December 4, 1950, one of the two crashed while supporting ground troops fighting the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The other crash landed his plane to attempt to save his buddy. Makos carefully and in riveting detail gives us the background of these two very different pilots as well as the life histories of many of the men they served with. Midway through the book, [...]

    16. Revelation of American heroes in a forgotten warI was in high school when WWII ended and married about two years to a WWII vet when our troops were fighting in Korea. There wasn’t much in the newsreels about it except vets coming home complained about the extreme cold and I remember news accounts of some of the battles.The author of this story, who spent five years researching it and interviewing many men who were involved in this war or the training of aviators who were learning to fly on and [...]

    17. This is Makos' second book, following on from A Higher Call. That one I described in a review as a great book riddled with errors and typos. This one has fewer errors and no typos that I noticed, but it does have its own irritations.Devotion is the story of one of the great acts of courage of the Korean War: Tom Hudner's attempt to rescue his friend Jesse Brown from the cockpit of his crashed F4U Corsair, a moment of supreme courage for which Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor. The second ha [...]

    18. I thought Devotion an excellent book: a true story, well told, with enough detail to satisfy the curiosity of a fellow military aviator or Korean War scholar, an emotive punch that can get through to the hardest heart, a glimpse of history as lived by those who were there.I've read James Salter's The Hunters, about the air war in Korea, but I knew comparatively little about the air to ground war there or the aviators who conducted it in obsolete WWII-era propeller fighter-bombers. I, like everyo [...]

    19. GAB I was thrilled to receive an ARC copy of this extraordinary history from Transport Specialties, Int'l, Ballantine Bantam Dell, and Adam Makos on September 29, 2015 as a Giveaway. Thank you all so much for sharing you work with me.What a fascinating history! This was a book I was literally not able to put down until the end. Adam Makos follows the crew and pilots of the USS Leyte, an aircraft carrier deployed to Korea in the early days of the Korean War. The 'Forgotten' War, as we have come [...]

    20. Lieutenant Tom Hudner won the Medal of Honor for his act of heroism and his efforts to save his friend and fellow pilot Ensign Jesse Brown. What makes this story remarkable is that Tom was a white New Englander and Jesse was one of the first black Navy pilots. The fought and flew together in the frozen skys of North Korea.Why I started this book: I'm eagerly awaiting the release date of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War and wanted to listen to something shorter.Why I finished it: I've [...]

    21. I have read lots of war themed books but I have to say I have not read many related to the Korean War. So I was glad to expand my knowledge of other wars and the brave men and women who fight in them. Mr. Makos and his team really did their homework. I am so glad that Mr. Makos got the courage to approach Lt. Tom Hudner and ask for an interview. If he had not I would never have heard the names Lt. Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown. This book is more about a friendship that spans into death between L [...]

    22. WOW WOW WOW!! What another great book by Adam Makos, so glad I chose to bump this book up my to read list. At first I was unsure about this book because I thought the story will be underpinned by the racial issues of that time, but I decided to buy it because of Makos' great first book that is one of the best books I have read. But the racial issues played a very small part in the book and is only mentioned sometimes. This story is such a beautiful, inspiring yet tragic story and is about friend [...]

    23. Not a book I would HAVE JUST picked up in the store, but when I won it in a giveaway thru , I was determined to read and report as it is not on the market until fall.What a great book aout the "Forgotten War"". So much research went into this book and it is just amazing the things that you didn't learn in history class. I do not remember anythin about the Korean Warbut I am literally disgussted and overwhelmed by the acts of the communists and turns of events that went on over there. The South K [...]

    24. This book is a close look at the Korean War through the eyes of Hudner, Brown, and many of the Marines that were on their aircraft carrier. Although it is marketed as a book about their friendship, I didn't always get that from the story. Yes, you could tell they were friends, but it felt that Brown and another pilot, Koenig were closer. I did enjoy the history and the personal experiences of all the people interviewed even if there were a lot of people to keep track of. The writing style was si [...]

    25. Great book about camaraderie and how men in the service stick together through thick an thin, humor and pain. I really felt it all through your pen.

    26. Another random library selection I wasn't sure I'd like, but I actually really did! Jesse Brown was the first Black Navy carrier pilot and he flew during the Korean War. I liked hearing the story of his life, and during this one particular Korean War conflict I got totally sucked in and actually got emotional about the whole thing as I was trying to tell Dave about it. I don't want to give anything away, but Jesse's white pilot buddy risks his life to try to rescue Jesse when his plane is shot d [...]

    27. I loved this book. It is the great tale of the first African American Naval Aviator and the determined friend who risked his life to help him. This tale is not sugar coated. The real life struggle of Ensign Jesse Brown is meticulously portrayed with reverence to his memory. The author also fleshes out his friend Lieutenant Tom Hudner. Although from a vastly different background, Lieutenant Hudner looks after his wingman to his detriment. I recommend this story not only for the truth it tells abo [...]

    28. I learned so much about the Korean War reading this book. It really takes something incredible to turn a person into a veteran and I am grateful to all of them.

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