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Sally Mott Freeman, Award-Winning Writer of The Jersey Brothers

February 27, 2018, 7:30 pm, Cape Henry Collegiate

The Jersey Brothers is an 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 the brothers captured by the Japanese.

All Navy men, they end up coincidentally and extraordinarily at the epicenter of three of the war’s most crucial moments. Bill is picked by Roosevelt to run his first Map Room in Washington. Benny is the gunnery and anti-aircraft officer on the USS Enterprise, one of the only carriers to escape Pearl Harbor, and by the end of 1942, the last one left in the Pacific to defend against the Japanese. Barton, the youngest and least distinguished of the three, is shuffled off to the Navy Supply Corps because his mother wants him out of harm’s way. But this protection plan backfires when Barton is sent to the Philippines and listed as missing-in-action after a Japanese attack.

About her own family, The Jersey Brothers is a war and family saga critically acclaimed by The New York Times which hailed it as” … highly dramatic history.” After its May debut, The Richmond Times Dispatch wrote, “The Jersey Brothers …shines in singularity. A blend of history, family saga and family questions… The book [is] a winning and moving success....” Kirkus gave the book a rare starred review, saying, The Jersey Brothers is “…a suspenseful and deeply troubling story of one family’s patriotic devotion and betrayal.... Meticulously researched and compelling history.”

Sally Mott Freeman was a speechwriter, PR executive, and non-profit leader for 30 years before her 10 year’s research for The Jersey Brothers. After penning speeches for FCC leaders, she became the agency’s spokesperson for the court-ordered breakup of AT&T. Sally also serves as a VP for Telecommunications at Fleishman Hilliard, Inc., a global public relations firm, as well as Communications VP for two technology trade associations.

Board chair of the premier independent literary center in the Mid-Atlantic, The Writer’s Center, she just completed her 4th term. She has also served on boards of The Washington Shakespeare Company, American Diabetes Association, The Washington Tennis Foundation, Recording for the Blind, and St. Anne’s-Belfield School and Sweet Briar College Alumnae boards, and as a member of the Monticello Cabinet.

Sweet Briar College, where she majored in English Literature, honored her and 6 other founders of Saving Sweet Briar Inc. with its 2016 Distinguished Alumna Award. Also a graduate of St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, she was honored with its 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award.

> > Listen to Sally Mott Freeman's interview with NPR where she discusses her award winning novel, The Jersey Brothers.


“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



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