Like Last Hope Island, this gives an account of individual lives caught up in the Second World War. It tapped in him a wellspring of desire to live. Within a few months he would become a prisoner of war. This work was at times heartbreaking to read, but it also triumphs and shines with the brotherly love of the Jersey Boys. I'm intrigued by historical nonfiction and so I enjoyed reading this story.
I read parts of the book several times, the writing was so good and the tale so moving. This is the gripping tale of Bill and Benny's quest to locate their missing, younger brother during the demanding and unpredictable days of the War in the Pacific Theater. I learned so much by reading this book. The detail and chronology of the Pacific Theater in this book is very impressive. She relates the internecine rivalries between the Navy and the Army commands in the Pacific.
It was he not the vainglorious Douglas MacArthur who gave Truman the real projections of casualties if Japan was to be invaded and it was Bill who likely saved our bacon during the Cuban Missle Crisis when he recommended the naval quarantine rather than bombing Cuba like the hawkish Joint Chiefs wanted. The key element in the narrative is how family members react to the seizure of Barton by the Japanese and how they go about coping with wartime information that is directly related to his situation. Her other sons seek her love and attention and make do with how she parses it out. Buy vs Rent: We recommend you Buy This tool helps you determine if you should buy or rent your textbooks, based on the total cost of ownership including current sell back value. For history lovers, the places and events witnessed by the Jersey Brothers are unparalleled. Bill Mott should have washed out of the Navy because of his eyesight, but his ambition in other fields brought him back into the service and into a critical role in the highest echelons of power.
Freeman spends most of the book bouncing between the three brothers, with occasional trips to the major generals and admirals in the war to see the broader scope that they were living in. Bill and Benny had always looked after little brother Barton, and then they did whatever they could to bring him home. Helen is an overprotective mother who obsesses over her third son, Barton who she views as evidence of a strong marriage after her first was a failure. They were forbidden to speak to one another and ordered to 'meditate' on their wrongdoing. Unluckily for Barton he was one of many of the wounded Navy abandoned.
An important, moving, and engrossing book. The somewhat dysfunctional family is made up of its matriarch Helen Cross, her second husband Arthur, and their three sons and one daughter. The Japanese saw surrender as dishonorable, and so tortured and killed prisoners at will. It is the story, written with intimate, novelistic detail, of an ordinary young man who shows extraordinary courage as the Japanese do everything short of killing him. An important, moving, and engrossing book. The storyline is about the three Mott brothers , one a prisoner of war in the Phillipines, one on the aircraft carrier Enterprise and the other in Washington D.
In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication. Bill is picked by Roosevelt to run his first Map Room in Washington. Douglas McArthur's incompetence left the Philippines open to invasion and Barton's ship the Otus left him behind in its hurry to escape. It is the story, written with intimate, novelistic detail, of an ordinary young man who shows extraordinary courage as the Japanese do everything short of killing him. What is fascinating is that the two elder brothers do not seem to resent their younger brother and will do anything to support him. They were all in the Navy. And all three played very significant parts in the war.
An obvious labor of love. Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? In any event, I was greatly impressed by the writing, the organization and the personal stories of the Mott family, written by one of their own. The story revolves around the experiences of the sons, the first two of which are children of Helen and her first husband. He and his shipmates risked death in battle on more than one occasion. The Mott-Cross family was exceptional in many ways. I learned so much that I never knew about the War in the Pacific, despite the fact that my dad served there towards the latter days of the war.
Bill Mott should have washed out of the Navy because of his eyesight, but his ambition in other fields brought him back into the service and into a critical role in the highest echelons of power. These were the ones I heard about. To coin a phrase, she has a horse in this race seeing the three brothers are her family members. After finally receiving a commission as a reserve officer, he went on active duty. The family saga storyline is powerful.