Book Review: Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by [Adam Makos]

This is the true story of Jesse Brown, the U.S. Navy’s first black carrier pilot.

It is a story of an unconventional friendship that developed between the son of a poor sharecropper from Mississippi and a rich white kid from New England.

It is a war story from the Korean War. It portrays the horrors and heroism that can be found when nations collide. Being a true story, the good guys don’t always win.

But it is also a love story. You will follow Jesse as he meets the love of his life and starts a family.

This story will make you laugh, cry, shake your head at events that happened. But it is for me ultimately an inspiring story of a young black man who overcame prejudice and racism to make history.

Warning: This book is an unflinching telling of Jesse’s life. It begins in the South of the 1920s. Some readers today may find it hard reading about what Jesse and his family endured. But you do not learn from history by running away from it.

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