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The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home

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The extraordinary, real-life adventure of three brothers at the center of the most dramatic turning points of World War II and their mad race to change history—and save one of their own.

They are three brothers, all Navy men, who end up coincidentally and extraordinarily at the epicenter of three of the war’s most crucial moments. Bill is picked by Roosevelt to
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Hardcover, 589 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Simon Schuster
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Ben Reynolds No. Ms. Freeman follows the usual rules about explaining abstruse terms, which is that she explains them. Anything you don't recognize, being an ELL…moreNo. Ms. Freeman follows the usual rules about explaining abstruse terms, which is that she explains them. Anything you don't recognize, being an ELL learner, you can look up on the usual dictionary sites.(less)

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Karen
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE JERSEY BROTHERS: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family's Quest to Bring Him Home. BY SALLY MOTT FREEMAN

This stunning accomplished memoir is written by the daughter Bill Mott, who was the middle brother that comprise who The Jersey Brothers are. The Jersey brother's are Benny Mott, Bill Mott and Arthur Barton Cross, Jr. This is the story of brotherly love, honor, the quest to bring Barton home. A memoir so epic in scope drawn on ten years of research culled from so
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Steven Z.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sally Mott Freeman’s first book, THE JERSEY BROTHERS: A MISSING NAVAL OFFICER IN THE PACIFIC AND HIS FAMILY’S QUEST TO BRING HIM HOME is an interesting study in family dynamics and how military strategy and policy was implemented during World War II. The somewhat dysfunctional family is made up of its matriarch Helen Cross, her second husband Arthur, and their three sons and one daughter. The story revolves around the experiences of the sons, the first two of which are children of Helen and her ...more
Katie B
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the incredible and harrowing true story of a family's quest to find the answers to the whereabouts of the youngest son, Barton Cross. Barton, a part of the Navy's Supply Corps, was given orders to the Philippines, with the help of family connections, because it was deemed to be safer than other locations. Right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack the Philippines and Barton is listed as MIA. His brother Bill, who works in the top secret Map Room of the White House and w ...more
Nissa
Touching! I learned so much by reading this book. I am better versed with the European Theater side of WWII, so learning more about the Pacific Theater side of the war was interesting to me. A truly amazing story that was well researched and written. I recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII and naval war history.
Alicia
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like non-fiction written like a novel this book may appeal to you. I love learning history through storytelling and the author gave me great insight into the events in the Pacific during WW2 whilst she unfolded the poignant story of her relatives wartime experiences and the consequences of their actions. The book deserves a wide audience and is crying out to be made into a netflix-type series or hollywood blockbuster.
Yibbie
Dec 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I didn’t get very far into this book. I quit before I figured out how they were able to put the private thoughts of the Uncle they never met down on paper. I quite for my usual reason: foul language.
I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley and Simon & Schuster.
Sarah Clement
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thrilling, wrenching, riveting story set in the Pacific theater of WWII and FDR's map room told by the daughter and niece of the three Jersey brothers of the title. The sufferings of the youngest brother, captured by the Japanese in the Philippines at the outset of the war, are difficult to read about, but the author has insured that her young uncle will never be forgotten. I read parts of the book several times, the writing was so good and the tale so moving. I also enjoyed the end notes docume ...more
Neil
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, biography
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

A brilliant Memoir of three brothers and there journey through the Second World War.
This is a real page turner that reads more like a novel than a Memoir of the three brothers and their parents.
I cannot believe the research that must have been done by the author.

Lindsey Gandhi
This is really a touching and inspiring book about three brothers and a war. What happened to Barton and any of the POWs is unfair and gut wrenching. The loyalty and determination his brothers showed in trying against all odds to find him is beautiful. This book took the author ten years to write. When you read it you will understand why. The amount of research she did and how she chronologically lays out the history is phenomenal. There's a lot about the war in this book that we didn't learn ab ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
3.5*'s

Written by a daughter and niece of the brothers this covers various topics involving the three from working directly for FDR to being on the Enterprise to being a captive of the Japanese and being used as a human shield in the war at sea.
David V.
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Received as an ARC from the publisher. Excellent, well-researched; reads like fiction but it's all so true. Written by the niece of the three brothers. This is apparently her first book, and she's got one heck of a career ahead of her as a non-fiction author. This book won't be out until May 2017, but I can't wait for her next project! Besides learning about her uncles' military careers, you also gain insight into other military and government leaders: FDR, Truman, Churchill, MacArthur,Nimitz, H ...more
Casey Wheeler
I received a free Kindle copy of The Jersey Brothers by Sally Mott Freeman courtesy of Net Galley and Simon and Schuster, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review to Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my history book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I have read a great deal about the World War II and the description presented something that I had not read abou
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Christina Dudley
Wow. In this excellent, often unputdownable book, Sally Mott Freeman has done her research on both family history and WWII history in the Pacific.

The titular "Jersey Brothers" are Freeman's father and two uncles, serving in the Navy in different capacities. The youngest, Barton Cross, gets taken prisoner in the fall of the Philippines, and his fate obsesses the the whole family (except perhaps younger sister Rosemary) for the rest of the war. Barton's mother got on my nerves, with he
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Dan Radovich
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
World War II is a favorite era for me; print or film. There are many wonderful authors bringing true and fictionalized tales of WWII to life. Mott Freeman joins the crowd with this debut work. To coin a phrase, she has a horse in this race seeing the three brothers are her family members. This is a big book, and it is well researched; but it reads more like fiction than a history text. That is what makes it stand out to me. Conversations, points of view, assumed opinions of the people in the sto ...more
Dlmrose
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Russ
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military
An excellent story. It reminded me of Unbroken. The background is played out in Washington, D.C., battles in the Pacific, and the jungles of the Philippines. One brother in D.C., one on the USS Enterprise and one POW.

Bureaucratic idiocy - all the way from MacArthur down to guerrilla leaders. All with their own agendas, which in turn delayed rescue attempts of the POWs. Months and lives were lost due to their egocentric delusions of grandeur. No wonder their mother was so frustrated
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Erin Miller
This is a phenomenal book, in part because of the characters' real-life experiences and in part because of Sally Freeman's fantastic writing style. For history lovers, the places and events witnessed by the Jersey Brothers are unparalleled. From FDR's war room, to the USS Enterprise and nearly every major Pacific battle and landing, to being one of the many remaining prisoners after the infamous escape from Davao prison camp, Benny, Bill, and Barton witnessed nearly everything that could be witn ...more
Andrew Cutler
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Advance Reading Copy,Simon & Schuster via NetGalley.

Those of us in the generation born to veterans of WW II-Baby Boomers-heard from the source stories of battles won and lost,bickering over favorite generals,pain,suffering and loss. Sally Mott Freeman's " The Jersy Brothers" is similar to that in that it is centered on her father and his two brothers. Exceptionally well written and meticulously researched, Freeman tells the tale of the brothers-all Navy men, well connected and fa
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Jerry Kolwinska
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The author's personal connection to the three men around whom the story revolves makes for an intriguing mix.

I thought that the book created genuine suspense, saving the resolution to the very end. I was so taken by the story line, that I didn't look at the photos for fear that they might spoil the ending for me. The focus on the two brothers who were trying to find the third brother really added some dimensions to my understanding of WW2. The White House
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Angela Street
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a real life story of three brothers who played important roles in World War II and their attempts to save their youngest brother who became a P.O.W. This was a very eye-opening book that gave me unknown insight into events that occurred during W.W. II. It was interesting reading about the growth in character of the youngest brother during his incarceration and the way he became a role model to his other fellow P.O.W. friends. The mistakes made during the war that led to his incarceration ...more
Ann Cardwell
Reminded me of UNBROKEN.
James Veliky
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a tale of war. The detail and chronology of the Pacific Theater in this book is very impressive.
My father was a decorated fighter pilot of P-38s P-51 s in the Pacific. He fought at Rabaul Leyte,Eiashima and Okinawa. These were the ones I heard about. He took off from Guadalcanal for battles around New Guinea. As I read this book my thoughts were not far from my dad and where he was on every page. This book reunited me with him as I followed Bill and Benny trying to find Barton. ...more
Bruce Cook
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After reading a review of history books I bought this and Last Hope Island at the same time. I am giving both 5 stars. Like Last Hope Island, this gives an account of individual lives caught up in the Second World War. Three brothers from New Jersey. And all three played very significant parts in the war. They were all in the Navy. One was aboard the Enterprise before and during the first part of the war, right in the thick of the fighting, including close to Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by t ...more
Bruce Barrett
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very readable and intriguing true story of three brothers, naval officers embroiled in the Pacific War. It revealed to me details and insights into such things as Roosevelt's White House Map Room and the flow of info to and from the war theater; the inter-service conflict/politics of military strategy; the carrier Enterprise and its exploits/fame; POW atrocities by the Japanese in the Philippines and especially the bunging and arrogance of MacArthur. My mother's uncle was a sergeant in the U.S. ...more
Dan S
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii, war, history
This was a very touching novel about 3 brothers, all in the US Navy and the ordeal of trying to get one of the brothers home who was a POW. The author did a great job helping you get to know the Cross brothers (Benny Bill and Barton) as well as the pain and suffering the parents went through with not knowing the fate of their son, Barton. Highly recommend
~mad
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksiveread
For me this is an awesome book - written well, true and very interesting!

My own father was Army Air Corp during WWII in the European .I wish he was here to talk with about this, tho this is based on the Pacific Theatre.
Much about the power struggle between Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz, biased toward the Navy of course.
Now I have to find something to read about Douglas MacArthur - to get both sides of the story!

I HIGHLY recommend is you are interested i
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Robin
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Raced thru this book even though I knew the ending. Intense research.
Matt
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5. Excellent book.
Craig
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
4.5 stars. I'm intrigued by historical nonfiction and so I enjoyed reading this story. Freeman takes the personal story of three brothers -- all a part of the navy during WW2 -- and tells their story (one involves the horrendous circumstances of being a prisoner of war in a Japanese camp -- absolutely horrible) amidst the backdrop of the broad story of the war in the Pacific. Well written. Good characterization of the various brothers. Fascinating insights into various pieces of WW2. I'm glad I ...more
Gini Tillman
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best novels I've read that takes place during World War II.
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