The Jersey Brothers - Sally Mott Freeman

The Jersey Brothers

By Sally Mott Freeman

  • Release Date: 2017-05-09
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 17 Ratings


This extraordinary adventure of three brothers at the center of the most dramatic turning points of World War II is “liable to break the hearts of Unbroken fans, and it’s all true” (The New York Times).

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, a naval intelligence officer, is tapped by FDR to set up and run his secret map room in the White House basement. Benny is the gunnery and antiaircraft officer on USS Enterprise, one of the few ships to escape Pearl Harbor and, by the end of 1942, the only aircraft carrier left in the Pacific to defend against the Japanese. Barton, the youngest, gets a plum commission in the Navy Supply Corps because his mother wants him out of harm’s way. But this protection plan backfires when Barton is sent to Manila and listed as wounded and missing after a Japanese attack. Now it is up to Bill and Benny to find and rescue him…

Based on a decade of research drawn from archives around the world, interviews with fellow shipmates and POWs, and half-forgotten letters stashed away in attics, The Jersey Brothers is “a captivating tour-de-force” (San Antonio Express-News) that whisks readers from America’s front porches to Roosevelt’s White House to the battlefronts of the Pacific. But at its heart The Jersey Brothers is a family story, written by one of its own in intimate, novelistic detail. It is a remarkable tale of agony and triumph; of an ordinary young man who shows extraordinary courage as the enemy does everything short of killing him; and of brotherly love tested under the tortures of war.

The Jersey Brothers shines in singularity. A blend of history, family saga and family questions, Freeman’s book [is] a winning and moving success, and adds an authoritative entry to the… vast canon of war literature” (Richmond Times Dispatch).


  • A beautiful, well researched tribute to a family who gave so much during WW2.

    By gruffteddybearinphoenix
    If you are interested in WW2, this is a wonderful story about a family who had three brothers serving in different capacities and the family who had to deal with the effects and aftermath. My review won’t do justice to this story so just read it. You won’t be disappointed.
  • The Jersey Brothers

    By Sam Rosson
    This book is clearly an extremely well researched piece of history. It centers around the life of three brothers from childhood through their experiences as naval cadets (2 of them and college for the 3rd), and then as highly successful and placed naval officers in WWII. It centers on the efforts by all family members seeking to locate the MIA younger brother. Many obstacles block their efforts. In the meantime the life of a captured POW is chronicled. The younger brother surprisingly becomes an inspiration to the other prisoners around him. This book also includes interesting insights to FDR, MacArthur, and many highly placed WWII Naval Officers. It is rich in the history of the Pacific portion of this war. If you are a history or WWII buff, you should read it!
  • Hard to put down.

    By SEC rules!
    Well researched and written, this is a page turner you won't forget. The author takes you deep into a family whose siblings serve in the Navy before, during and after World War 2. Truly a great read.