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

by Adam Makos, Larry Alexander

Penguin Publishing Group | May 6, 2014 | Trade Paperback

A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story Of Combat And Chivalry In The War-torn Skies Of World W Ar Ii is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
THE NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER


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.

INCLUDES PHOTOS

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.99 × 5.98 × 1.07 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425255735

ISBN - 13: 9780425255735

Found in: History

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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!
Date published: 2013-05-19

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

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

by Adam Makos, Larry Alexander

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.99 × 5.98 × 1.07 in

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425255735

ISBN - 13: 9780425255735

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THE NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER


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.

INCLUDES PHOTOS

About the Author

Adam Makos is a journalist, historian, and author of the book Voices of the Pacific. In his fifteen years of work in the military field, Makos has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. He has flown a B-17 bomber and a T-38 fighter with the Air Force, and was one of the few journalists privileged to examine Air Force One with its pilots. The high point of his work occurred in 2008, when Makos traveled to Iraq to accompany the 101st Airborne and Army Special Forces on their hunt for Al Qaeda terrorists.

Larry Alexander is the author of the New York Times bestselling biography Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers. He is also the author of Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II and In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers: A Return to Easy Company’s Battlefields with Sgt. Forrest Guth. Alexander has been a journalist and columnist for the Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for nearly twenty years and has won numerous state-level awards for excellence in journalism.

Editorial Reviews

“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, coauthor 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, author of the New York Times bestseller We Who Are Alive and Remain

“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. A Higher Call is an eye-opener.”—Colonel Charles McGee, Tuskegee Airman, WWII

“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