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Author: Adam Makos Narrator: Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9780553398427
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Devotion tells the inspirational story of the United States Navy’s most famous aviator duo: Lieutenant Tom Hudner, a white, blue-blooded New Englander, and Ensign Jesse Brown, an African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi. The heir to a Massachusetts grocery store empire, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighter planes for his country. Jesse, fascinated by aircraft since childhood, defied the odds—and the prejudices of his time—to become the Navy’s first black carrier pilot. Barely a year after President Truman ordered the desegregation of the military, the unlikely pair joined forces as wingmen in Fighter Squadron 32. While much of America remained in the grip of the odious Jim Crow segregation laws, Jesse and Tom flew above the fray as brothers in arms.

Adam Makos takes us over the sea and around the globe with these two bold young aviators as they cut their teeth at the world’s most dangerous job—landing Corsair fighters on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Deployed to the Mediterranean, the two men revel in the perks of their newfound status, partying on the Riviera with millionaires and Hollywood starlets—including a young Elizabeth Taylor. While Jesse delights in a world he thought he’d never see, Tom meets the girl of his dreams. Then comes the war no one expected in far-off Korea.

Devotion brings us along on white-knuckle dive-bombing runs over North Korean territory, as the pilots of Fighter Squadron 32 man the front lines of what many of them believe is the opening battle of World War III. As the fury of the fighting escalates, Tom and Jesse fly, guns blazing, into waves of Communist troops to defend a group of Marines cornered in a hellish winter landscape. When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy lines and is pinned in the burning wreckage of his fighter, the other faces an unthinkable choice: watch his friend die, or attempt one of history’s most audacious one-man rescue missions.

A tug-at-the-heartstrings tale of heroism and sacrifice, Devotion asks, “How far would you go to save a friend?”

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Quotes & Awards

  • Riveting . . . a meticulously researched and moving account. USA Today
  • An inspiring tale . . . portrayed by [Adam] Makos in sharp, fact-filled prose and with strong reporting. Los Angeles Times
  • [A] must-read. New York Post
  • Stirring. Parade
  • 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 it down. Joseph L. Galloway, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young
  • 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 story is only half the battle. Telling the story is where he thrives. Colin Heaton, co-author of The Star of Africa
  • 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 lane—when you’re finished, you’ll want to start all over again. Associated Press
  • A delight to read . . . Devotion is a story you will not forget. The Washington Times
  • 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
  • This is aerial drama at its best—fast, powerful, and moving. Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake
  • Lovingly rendered and meticulously researched, here is a tale of true friendship across the racial divide. Though 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 Legend
  • “An inspiring tale…portrayed by [Adam] Makos in sharp, fact-filled prose and with strong reporting.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “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 lane—when you’re finished, you’ll want to start all over again.”

    Associated Press

  • “[A] true story of heroic actions by wartime pilots, told in a flamboyant and slightly overwrought style. This time the conflict is the Korean War and Makos’ tale centers on the first African American US Navy carrier pilot, Jesse Brown…Makos tells a good story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Dominic Hoffman deftly conveys this account of loyalty and camaraderie in the Korean War. The story depicts the lives of two Navy pilots—Ensign Jesse Brown, who was one of the first African American Navy aviators, and Lieutenant Tom Hudner, who was white. The arc of the story recounts the fateful events that bring them together with the Marines they support on the ground. Jumping between the Navy and the Marines, the account describes the lives of men from diverse backgrounds—from their youth in the years before the Korean War to to the fateful day when their lives intersect near the Chosin Reservoir in December 1950. Hoffman delivers this story of self-sacrifice in a clear, deep voice. His performance is an effective match of voice and text.”


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About the Author

Adam Makos is a journalist, historian, and editor of the military magazine Valor. In his fifteen years of work in the military field, he has interviewed countless veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. He has flown a B-17 bomber and a T-38 fighter with the Air Force and was one of the few journalists privileged to examine Air Force One with its pilots. In pursuit of a story, Makos met presidents, had tea with Prince Charles, and toured the DMZ border in Korea with American troops. The high point of his work occurred in 2008, when he traveled to Iraq to accompany the 101st Airborne and Army Special Forces on their hunt for al-Qaeda terrorists.

About the Narrator

Dominic Hoffman, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration, is a Los Angeles–based actor of stage, screen, and television. He has appeared in such television shows as The Shield, NYPD Blue, and The Jamie Foxx Show. He attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as well as the American Conservatory Theater.