A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story Of Combat And Chivalry In The War-torn Skies Of World War Ii

Paperback | May 6, 2014

byAdam Makos, Larry Alexander

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December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger... 

What happened next would defy imagination and later be called “the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.”

The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERDecember, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. Th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:May 6, 2014Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Superb Read An excellent write up of one man's compassion for his fellow man even during a time of war. I have been an aviation buff for many years and have never read such an engrossing story. The book tells many details about the air war during WW2 that are not commonly known and what the combatants on both sides dealt with on a daily basis. A great read - if you're interested in aviation at all, don't pass it up!
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The other side of The War What struck me was the exposition of the event that caused the book to be written was very short. Most of the book was a biography of Franz Stegler (sp), and his experience in the war. A good read nonetheless.
Date published: 2015-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sky high praises for A Higher Call! Reading like a narrative, I could not put this book down! A Higher Call challenged my perspective on many of the participants of World War II, and brought a human element into focus. I found A Higher Call very informative of the lives, places and events in World War II; and how it shaped our world today. A Higher Call gave me a greater appreciation for the hardships and challenges people of that era endured. This book found a home on my favourites shelf and is worthy of a second read!
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Higher Call An exceptional read!
Date published: 2013-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A decent read This is an incredible tale that's worth reading about. As far as war stories go, there won't be much here that you haven't read about in other books. Ultimately, unrestricted warfare benefits no one and destroys far more than buildings. But there's an underlying humanity through this tale that gives a ray of hope. The last few pages really brings everything together and makes this story one that will stay with you a long time. Stick with this book straight through to the very end; you'll be glad you did!
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“A remarkable story . . . worth retelling and celebrating.”—USA Today“Beautifully told.”—CNN“A riveting story of humanity and mercy set against the ghastly backdrop of war”—Publishers Weekly “Oh, it’s a good one!”—Fox News “Deeply felt by its author and deeply affecting to read.”—The Times, London“A truly awe inspiring story of wartime chivalry”—Daily Mail “Incredible.”—New York Post “Inspiring.”—Kirkus“From the horrors of the most savage war in history emerges this beautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies. Simply told, splendid, and well worth the read.”—Joe Galloway, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young  “This book grips you like a movie. It’s part Top Gun, part Valkyrie, and more.”—Marcus Brotherton, co-author of the New York Times bestseller Tough as They Come“It is often said that ‘war is hell’—and it is—however, this story reveals how the human spirit can shine in the darkest hours.”—Colonel Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman, WWII“A Higher Call exemplifies beautifully the brotherhood of warriors and will forever change how you look at World War II.”—Eric Blehm, author of the New York Times bestseller, Fearless “Can good men be found on both sides of a bad war? The author asks the question and delivers the answer. A powerful, haunting read.”—Chuck Tatum, author of Red Blood, Black Sand