A Higher Call: The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry During the Second World War Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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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 cliche... 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 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 alternate Paperback edition.
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I would recommend to any WW2 aviation enthusiast.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The human aspect of this event is dealt with very well, the historicity is flavoured with what can only be commentary from the survivors. Read morePublished 14 days ago by J. C. Lancaster
Excellent book, very hard to put down. If you only ever buy one book make sure it is this onePublished 1 month ago by John OConnor
Really good book. One of the best books I have had the fortune to read. It really is, as the cover states, an incredible true story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Geo. E
This expertly written true story of Second World War flying is more than just a page-turner. It keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat while at the same time up-ending... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David J. Boggis
Fantastic read and well researched and written.
Read it less than a year ago and so far have bought 12 copies as presents for my buddies on birthdays etc.
A fantastic account of 2 different men and crews, and how fate made them meet in the sky in such incredible circumstances. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bob