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A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Mar 2013

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (15 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470899256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470899257
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.8 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 "

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 "" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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I can't recommend this book enough, I simply couldn't put it down. A brilliantly well told story of the humanity of both sides set against the insanity of war. It's both uplifting and at the same time depressing - the courage and integrity of those on the front line contrasts powerfully with the inhumanity and brutality of their superiors, and it seems we have learned nothing in the intervening years. During the course of his own impressive research, the author's views of the war in the air were totally transformed, and this wonderful book is a testimony to his efforts. READ IT!!
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By AJS (London) TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Sept. 2014
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This book has what may at first seem an unlikely situation as its storyline.

During the first half of WW1, there was a recognition on both sides that normal rules of chivalry would apply, and they did. A pilot who was seen to be injured was allowed by his opponents to attempt to safely return to his base and was sometimes escorted by his enemy almost to his destination to prevent further attacks. Subsequently, these rules were abandoned and they were largely forgotten during WW2. However, this book is about one exception to these rules and as a result a heavily damaged US bomber was allowed to return to its British base.

Post-war and then as old men, the two pilots attempted to find each other and to exchange their stories. This slightly parallels the post-War friendship of the German fighter ace, Adoph Gallandt, and the British legless flyer, Douglas Bader.

As an an impartial view of both opponents' actions and policies, it deserves to be read.
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