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A Higher Call: The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry During the Second World War Paperback – 1 Aug 2013


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782392548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782392545
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 971,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well worth reading... A Higher Call pounds along with the all-action rhythm its genre seems to demand, but still manages to rescue the idea of German chivalry from cliché... A Higher Call is deeply felt by its author and deeply affecting to read. Apparently humans react more sentimentally to films and books consumed on aeroplanes than on the ground. I read this at 30,000ft... but I suspect it would have ambushed my emotions anywhere. --Giles Whittle, The Times



A truly awe inspiring story of wartime chivalry --Tony Rennell, Daily Mail



An unusual tale, well-documented and with an ending to stir even the most cynical reader s heart --Sunday Times



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. --Joseph L. Galloway, co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller We Were Soldiers, Once... and Young



A riveting story of humanity and mercy set against the ghastly backdrop of war --Publishers Weekly

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

A truly awe inspiring story of wartime chivalry --Tony Rennell, Daily Mail



A riveting story of humanity and mercy set against the ghastly backdrop of war --Publishers Weekly



A remarkable story... Brown and Stigler, former enemies who became friends, died within months of each other in 2008. Their story is worth retelling and celebrating. --USA Today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Adam Makos is a journalist, historian and editor of the military magazine, Valor. Makos has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. In 2008 Makos travelled 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.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Anne Latham on 11 Aug. 2013
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I read an article in the Saturday Mail a few weeks ago about the German Pilot in WW11 who had seen a B17 which had been shot up badly. Franz Stigler's initial reaction was to shoot the plane down but as he got nearer to the B17, he saw the extent of the damage and he could see the crew through a hole in the aircraft tending their wounded. He was always told, you shoot at a machine not a man and suddenly he realised what he must do, he had to help the crew of this B17 get to safety. He risked everything to escort this aircraft through the coastal German anti aircraft guns and once they were over the sea, tried to signal to them to head for Sweden and land there. The pilot of the B17 just wanted to get the plane home and eventually they felt threatened by the German fighter and turned their gun on him to warn him off. Franz realised that there was nothing more he could do and mouthed 'Good Luck' and flew off. Franz always hoped that the B17 had got home safely and Charlie Brown the B17 pilot never forgot what this German fighter pilot had done for him and his crew and eventually when they are both old men, they are able to track each other down and have a very emotional reunion! This is a tale of courage and honour and it gives the reader the chance to see the war from both the English/American and German perspective. It opened my eyes and I am so glad I read this book. The story of 'A Higher Call' is simply told and one of the most excellent books I have ever read. Thank you Adam Makos.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. H. Gallienne on 1 July 2013
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Having read and studied a lot of material concerning the Luftwaffe and its pilots this is a most interesting, and to say the least illuminating book. It has obviously been well researched and is extremely well written. It is quite intriguing to read the first hand stories of a number of the well known named "Aces" and to realise that the Nazi heirarchy was as much despised by the more enlightened members of the German forces as they were by the Allies.
Of particular interest is the "audience" with Hitler himself, where on his return the pilot declared "The man is a raving lunatic!"
I can thoroughly recommend to anyone with an interest in WW II history and flying in particular.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 8 Feb. 2013
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A Higher Call ranks as the best book I have read on the aviation war in the European theatre. Franz Stigler's story is so detailed with insights into what life as a Luftwaffe fighter pilot was truly like. After reading this book your understanding of this period in history will change as mine did.

I would recommend to any WW2 aviation enthusiast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By john dunne on 5 Aug. 2013
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This was an easy rating! It's a great book on a number of levels, the sheer humanity of this ace's action in sparing the B17 crew is a ray of light in what was a horrible and dark period. It was fascinating also to read of their subsequent relationship.But good as this is it is trumped by Franz's account of his career, it provides a seldom seen insight into life in the Luftwaffe, his account of the last few futile months of the conflict is both harrowing and fascinating laying out as it does the brutality and humanity of these pilots forced to fight to their inevitable end. Best war book I've read for a long time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne Woodings on 14 Aug. 2013
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I liked this book because it really showed both sides of the war and the fact that the Germans were virtually the same as the people they were fighting. Makes one realise the futility of wars! I also bought the book for my friend in UK who thought it was one of the best books he had read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Taylor VINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2014
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I know words like that get bandied about all too often but this really is as good as stated. It stumbles a little to get going but once it reaches Franz's experiences in North Africa and beyond you simply won't want to stop reading. A truly fascinating insight into the "enemy" and the reality of life in the Luftwaffe written with frankness and self deprecation. Although the book centres around the meeting of Franz and Charlie both above Germany, and later in life, it's really mainly Franz's story. And I don't mind admitting to welling up a bit at the end. Two extraordinary men in a book full of extraordinary men. Will change your Hollywood inspired black and white view of the War In Europe and give some appreciation of the Luftwaffe pilots. Brave men, unfortunately led by madmen and psychopaths.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BAlba on 7 Aug. 2013
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This is a superbly written biography of Franz Stielger, a German WWII fighter pilot. I honestly think this is one of the novels which should be part of the school curriculum, as it can potentially teach more history as well as humanity than most history textbooks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cushy on 13 Aug. 2013
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I got this for my man,he is not a big reader but could not put this down.He said it was a very interesting and moving story and read it within a few days.
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