In her stunning memoir, The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home, Sally Mott Freeman tells the story of three brothers and their courageous service for the United States in the midst of World War II. Barton, the youngest, is slated to serve at one of the safest areas available—the Philippines, but when the Japanese bomb the islands, Barton is wounded and taken prisoner. This devastating turn of events spurs the two older brothers, Bill and Benny, to action as they attempt to rescue their brother. Will they be able to find him before the unthinkable happens?
The Jersey Brothers is an extremely well-written and well-researched volume. Told through each brother’s point-of-view, using eye-witness accounts, personal letters, and Defense Department documents, Freeman’s book is a riveting account of one man’s struggle for survival while his family does everything they can to save him. Far from a dry tome, this narrative reads like a novel. It allows readers to acquaint themselves with the events of the Pacific Theatre and all its political intrigue and personal pathos. Freeman should not only be commended for her writing, but also her perseverance in solving the disappearance of her beloved uncle.
The Jersey Brothers is an excellent page-turning account of one family’s journey through World War II. I highly recommend it to history buffs and novices alike.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.