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A Higher Call

An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-torn Skies of World War II
Makos, Adam (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
A Higher Call


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This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies over wartime Germany on 21 December 1943 --the American--2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17--and the German--2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.
Authors: Makos, Adam
Title: A higher call
an incredible true story of combat and chivalry in the war-torn skies of World War II
Publisher: New York :, Berkley Caliber,, 2013, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: viii, 392 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Summary: This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies over wartime Germany on 21 December 1943 --the American--2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a former farm boy from West Virginia who came to captain a B-17--and the German--2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria who sought to avoid fighting in World War II.
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Additional Contributors: Alexander, Larry - 1951-
ISBN: 9780425252864
0425252868
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This book really changed the way I thought about World War ll fighter pilots. It kept me interested though out the whole book. And that a German pilot would do that for a American just touched my heart!

Report This Feb 02, 2014
  • sjgorek rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Finished reading A HIGHER CALL yesterday. Outstanding book! Maybe my age is catching up to me but I could fully appreciate how when the lives of 2 people cross for only 10 minutes, the ramification can impact, and cause you to question, the years that follow. I also found it interesting reading of the experience of the German pilot through WWII and the impact his religion, sense of honor and non-membership in the Nazi party had upon him. From sleeping in his "grave" to flying the beautiful but unforgiving ME 262, it was a book I couldn't put down. One can't help but finish a book like this and wonder who one's real enemy is, the guy he is fighting under a different flag or the politicians who sent him to war. Well worth the read.

Report This Jan 06, 2014
  • Rock_Shadow rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fascinating story about WWII pilots - men who had the same enemy even though they fought on opposite sides of the war. Great uplifting story that taught me much about people and aspects of that war I never knew about.

A must read for any WWII history buff. Incredible story of humanity and the incredible drama carried out over the skies of Europe durning WWII. It gives both sides perspectives and brings to light the true feelings of no doubt the majority of the mostly good and honorable German fliers who were reluctantly thrust into this conflict by a Power hungry madman and the "Party" he created to allow his madness to inflict unspeakable suffering for millions. An incredible chain of events leads up to the main focus of the story where two sworn enemies find themselves facing each other alone over the skies of Germany. One is a small thread from eternity, the other only needs sever that remaining thread when a higher call prevails and humanity rises above the call to duty. 5 stars.

Report This Oct 25, 2013
  • Jogr77 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting Book. Very good back story information on WWII.

Report This Oct 19, 2013
  • redfox333 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

THE COMMENTS ABOVE CLEARLY DESCRIBE THIS BOOK - RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WHO SEEK A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE HISTORY OF THIS PERIOD AS WELL AS INSIGHT INTO THE LIVES OF GOOD MEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THIS GOD FORESAKEN CONFLICT.

This is a truly amazing story of an unexpected encounter during WWII. Reading about WWII is unusual for me but the author provides both sides in a way that brings the reader into the story. I highly recommend this book!

Report This Apr 23, 2013
  • fjvalentin rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this to be an outstanding book. It gave detailed descriptions of conditions in both the American and German Air Forces during WWII. The psychological toll was overwhelming, but the high point in the book is the brief meeting of the two main characters over Germany in the middle of a bombing raid. It was a very good read.

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