A Higher Call

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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.

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  • A higher call

    By NautiAuditor
    5
    Great read which shows the bravery on both sides, especially the German challenges. A very compassionate book and a must for those who may have lived during the time of the story.
  • A Higher Call

    By S Walton
    5
    Excellent book about WWII. Wonderful portrayal of Pilots from both USA and German viewpoints. I would highly recommend this book, so well written.
  • Life Changing!

    By Raptor!
    5
    This is the greatest book I have read!!! It will not disappoint. As an aviation historian and a flight instructor, I can say with truthfulness that this book's accuracy is unparalleled. I await the day this will become a motion picture. Highly recommended.
  • Great read...

    By SCATTANTE670
    5
    One of the most humanizing books I have read. Goodness and honor emerge from organized chaos.
  • Higher Call

    By Higher Call
    5
    An amazing book--my father served in the Pacific as a PBY navigator and my uncle was a B17 bombardier shot down over Germany and put in Stalag 1 for 2 years---both came home. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WW II history.
  • Great Human Interest Story

    By GAP1956
    5
    A wonderfully balanced view from both sides of two great air forces of WWII!
  • Superbly written and researched story

    By Earlyflyer
    5
    There was no shortage of research that went into this book. But rather than being dry and emphasizing facts, the author conveyed the tragedy and beauty that these airmen experienced. I expected to read about a mission, but gained insight into the background that shaped the men who were foes over the battlefield and who found the strength to be human.
  • Fantastic

    By Jogged gas
    5
    Best book I have read in years. Thanks to the author for taking the time to tell the stories of the greatest generation, they can never be forgotten for the sacrifices they made. Shows the humanity of soldiers from both sides.
  • A Higher Call

    By Petepal1
    5
    A well researched account of two WWII exceptional human beings. The author has written a compelling book that draws the reader into the times, conditions, and emotions of the war. Reading this book has increased my knowledge of and appreciation of my father, a B-29 bombardier, and my father-in-law, a B-24 navigator, and what they went through on behalf of their families and the nation. Truly, the Greatest Generation!
  • A Vibrant, Riveting Story

    By Sinfjotli43
    5
    As a fan of WWII history, this was a must-read book for me. Adam Makos weaves a fascinating, richly colored narrative about a fateful encounter between a Luftwaffe ace and a green bomber crew out on its first mission together over Germany. Makos paints the backdrop and characters with vibrant detail, leading one to wonder at times if the work is one of historical fiction or a historical account. The technical aspects of the book in terms of the units described and the aircraft being flown are all credibly documented as well. The story has great pacing and the action is exciting! Overall, this is an excellent merger of great storytelling and historical study that I'm sure even the most avid WWII buff will find enlightening and even the most casual history fan will find intriguing. Highly recommended!

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