"Devotion" with Bill Wilkinson autographed bookplate
- ABOUT THE BOOK
We have the best-selling book Devotion available with a bookplate designed exclusively for Valor Studios that has been hand-autographed by VF-32 Corsair pilot Bill "Wilkie" Wilkinson, who is a character inside, and bestselling author Adam Makos. Each paperback has the signed bookplate mounted inside.
Includes a COA // shipping added in checkout // ships bubble wrapped & boxed
Devotion tells the inspirational story of the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo, Lieutenant Tom Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown, and the Marines they fought to defend.
A white New Englander from the country-club scene, Tom passed up Harvard to fly fighters for his country. An African American sharecropper’s son from Mississippi, Jesse became the navy’s first black carrier pilot.
Devotion takes us soaring overhead with Tom and Jesse, and into the foxholes with the Marines as they battle a North Korean invasion.
As the fury of the fighting escalates and the Marines are cornered at the Chosin Reservoir, Tom and Jesse fly, guns blazing, to try and save them.
When one of the duo is shot down behind enemy lines and pinned in his burning plane, the other faces an unthinkable choice: watch his friend die or attempt history’s most audacious one-man rescue mission.
A tug-at-the-heartstrings tale of bravery and selflessness, Devotion asks: How far would you go to save a friend?
LT. COMMANDER BILL WILKINSON
Bill "Wilkie" Wilkinson left Yale to become a Naval aviator, a job he dreamed of as a kid. He was assigned to VF-32 just days prior to the Korea deployment. Bill piloted many combat missions with VF-32, even flying as wingman to Ensign Jesse Brown for a strike on the Yalu bridges. On December 3, 1950, Bill flew a close air support mission to help the Marines at Hagaru. After Korea, Bill transitioned to the Naval Reserves and became an American Airlines captain. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander.
- Listen to author Adam Makos describe Devotion in the below interview with Kirkus TV: