BOOKS

Devotion

Adam Makos

RRP: £8.99

2 June 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782395775

RRP: £6.99

5 November 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782395768

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. 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 friend?

REVIEWS

This is aerial drama at its best. Fast, powerful, and moving.
Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake

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 Legend

Lovingly rendered and meticulously researched, here is a tale of true friendship from across the racial divide. Though it concerns a famously cold battle in the Cold War, make no mistake: Devotion will warm your heart.
Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice

In this beautifully written book, Adam Makos reveals a long-lost story of heroism set in the frozen realm of North Korea. You won't be able to put this down.
Joseph L. Galloway, co-author of the #1 bestseller We Were Soldiers, Once and Young

My 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

Adam Makos immerses you in a story so crisp that you'll forget you're reading a book. Prepare to be swept away.
Michael Tougias, co-author of The Finest Hours

Once again, Adam Makos demonstrates himself as a rising star in historical nonfiction. Getting the stories are only half the battle. Telling the story is where he thrives.
Colin Heaton, co-author of The Star of Africa