Sally Mott Freeman

Sally Mott Freeman

Sally Mott Freeman was a speechwriter and PR executive for 25 years before launching her research for this book. After penning speeches for an FCC commissioner and later its chairman, she became the agency’s spokesperson and News Media Division Chief following the court-ordered breakup of AT&T, one of the most tumultuous periods in FCC history. Sally was also a VP at Fleishman Hillard, a global public relations firm, as well as Communications VP for two technology trade associations. Sally is Board Chair Emerita of The Writer’s Center, the premier independent literary center in the mid-Atlantic. She graduated from St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, which has honored her with its Distinguished Alumna Award, and received a degree in English Literature from Sweet Briar College, which also has honored her with its Distinguished Alumna Award. She and her husband John have four children and seven grandchildren. What the critics are saying about Sally's book: An Amazon Top 100 book of 2017 and Best Book of May, 2017: "Sally Mott Freeman's The Jersey Brothers is the well-researched true story of three brothers living out a very personal narrative against the backdrop of WWII. Eldest brother Benny was an officer on the USS Enterprise, one of the few vessels to survive Pearl Harbor; middle son Bill, a Naval Intelligence officer in Washington was ordered by FDR to set up a secret Map Room in the White House basement. Youngest brother Barton was sent to the Philippines, where he was expected to be relatively safe—but after a Japanese attack, was listed as MIA. The Jersey Brothers is the story of a family’s frantic efforts to find and free the youngest brother, while he fights to survive life in a Japanese concentration camp. Author Sally Mott Freeman takes an intimately human approach to this war story, adding a meaningful and memorable chapter to our understanding of the Greatest Generation." --Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review • Named an Amazon top 100 Books of 2017; a Best History Book of 2017; and a Best Biography/Memoir of 2017; • Named one of Ten Best History Books of 2017 by Smithsonian Magazine • Named a Best Book of 2017 by Military Times, Navy Times, and Marine Corps Times; • Named one of best audiobooks of 2017, and a top-five finalist in the history category by AudioFile Magazine “Highly dramatic history. [Freeman’s] book is liable to break the hearts of Unbroken fans, and it’s all true.” – The New York Times “So powerful, so richly researched” Peter Baker - The New York Times “A masterpiece of storytelling, infused with heroism and adventure. This moving portrait of three brothers is a brilliantly researched and written history of America’s wartime role in the Pacific.” – Lynne Olson, New York Times bestselling author of Those Angry Days “An evocative real-life tale of agony and triumph about brotherly love and a young American who discovers his personal courage amidst the tortures of war. Freeman had me rooting for these Jersey boys on every page.” – James Bradley, New York Times bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers “Better than fiction because it is real.... The Jersey Brothers demonstrates that a well-told story is just that, whatever its genre.” – New York Journal of Books “A gripping, deeply moving saga of an American family whose experiences cast a new light on one of the most harrowing and heroic periods in American history. In their devotion to each other and to their country, these three brothers inspire us with courage, intelligence, and exceptional resilience.” – Sally Bedell Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Elizabeth the Queen “The Jersey Brothers shines in singularity. A blend of history, family saga and family questions, [Freeman’s] first book proves to be a winning and moving success.... A decade in the making, The Jersey Brothers adds an authoritative entry to the vast canon of war literature, one that elicits cheers, tears and a few jeers.... Freeman’s dogged investigative skills, the truth they reveal and her ability to render it with grace combine to make her book — a gripping story of courage and carnage, heroism and horror, devotion and death — unforgettable.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch “A captivating tour-de-force that immediately stands tall with the best of other World War II combat literature.... Freeman weaves together a story that will tug at the emotions of anyone who has ever known someone who has worn our nation’s uniform in peacetime or at war.” – San Antonio Express-News “In her moving new epic The Jersey Brothers, Sally Mott Freeman captures a story of love, devotion and perseverance shared by three inspiring siblings caught in the epicenter of some of the war’s most crucial actions… A rare look into the deepest personal emotions of a family of America’s Greatest Generation.” – The Dallas Morning News “The Jersey Brothers brings welcome comparisons to Laura Hildebrand’s Unbroken... both masterfully written stories of endurance and sacrifice that tell bigger truths than the experience of individuals during wartime.” – Naval History “Deserves a translation to screen as compelling as “Saving Private Ryan.’’ The Jersey Boys lasting message is: If we learn from our past we can prevent such atrocities in the present. This book is so much more than a summer read; it should be a required one.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “The Jersey Brothers captures the real-life story of three brothers whose bond to family and love for country take them to extraordinary lengths at one of the most pivotal points in American history. From the decks of the USS Enterprise to the depths of the Japanese prison camps, Sally Mott Freeman takes readers on an epic journey in this remarkable tribute to the Greatest Generation.” – Senator John McCain, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Soldiers “A terrific book that I was just totally captivated by.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton “A great summer read by a splendid writer.... The characters are vividly drawn, the action riveting, and the suspense almost overwhelming.” – Karl Rove, New York Times bestselling author of Courage and Consequence “A searing story of courage, love, and family. The Jersey Brothers is impressively broad in scope—from Roosevelt’s White House to the great battles of the Pacific to prisoner of war camps deep in the Philippine jungle—and brimming with endlessly fascinating details that only real soldiers could know.” – Jay Winik, New York Times bestselling author of 1944 “Do we need another book about WWII? If it is as engaging as The Jersey Brothers, the answer is a resounding yes.... The Jersey Brothers is an important addition to the historical record; it's also a spellbinding cliffhanger.” – New Jersey Monthly “Richly informed by Freeman’s deep research, The Jersey Brothers is a powerfully evocative story of three brothers and their remarkable love, courage, and adventure during a decisive moment in World War II.” – Don Katz, founder and CEO of Audible and author of Home Fires: An Intimate Portrait of One Middle-Class Family in Postwar America “An obvious labor of love.... A touching, suspenseful and deeply troubling story of one family’s patriotic devotion and betrayal.... Meticulously researched and compelling history.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “As engaging and readable as a fine novel.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune “Freeman’s riveting account reads like fiction, and proves that the well of compelling war narratives has nowhere near run dry.” – Business Insider “Author Sally Mott Freeman takes an intimately human approach to this war story, adding a meaningful and memorable chapter to our understanding of the Greatest Generation.” – The Amazon Book Review (Best Book of the Month) “This true tale would make the perfect Father’s Day gift.... A touching, intimate tale of family, loyalty, and the harsh realities of war, this well-researched true story is bound to please any dad – just don’t be surprised to find him bawling his eyes out by the final page.” – BookTrib “A riveting war story. But it is a family story as well, its gripping moments in time meticulously assembled by Freeman.” – Bergen Record “Too exciting to be quite believable as fiction; luckily, it’s entirely true.... Deeply researched, intelligently judged, vividly presented.... And at its heart [The Jersey Brothers is] a serious, indeed deeply moving, family novel: you’ll remember the mother of these guys as vividly as the brothers themselves.” – Sullivan County Democrat “This story of pain and brotherly love... makes the perfect choice for a summer read.” – Asbury Park Press “This nonfiction book is one that reads like a novel.” – Fredericksburg Free Lance Star “Freeman proves to be a strongly motivated researcher, who poignantly conveys a sorrowful experience encountered by thousands of American families in WWII.” – Booklist “A touching story.... Provides insights into Japanese treatment of POWs and the daily life of these prisoners.... Recommended for readers looking for personal accounts of World War II.” – Library Journal
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