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    A Higher Call: The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry During the Second World War (Hardback) By (author) Adam Makos, By (author) Larry Alexander

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    DescriptionFive days before Christmas 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a twenty-one-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. Suddenly a German Messerschmitt fighter pulled up on the bomber's tail - the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger. This is the true story of the two pilots whose lives collided in the skies that day - the American - 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown and the German - 2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler. A Higher Call follows both Charlie and Franz's harrowing missions and gives a dramatic account of the moment when they would stare across the frozen skies at one another. What happened between them, the American 8th Air Force would later classify as 'top secret'. It was an act that Franz could never mention or else face a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would seek out one another and reunite.


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    Title
    A Higher Call
    Subtitle
    The Incredible True Story of Heroism and Chivalry During the Second World War
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adam Makos, By (author) Larry Alexander
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 230 mm
    Weight: 750 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781782392538
    ISBN 10: 178239253X
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD, HBJK, HBW
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS010000, HIS037070, HIS038000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1D
    DC23: 940.544
    Publisher
    ATLANTIC BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ATLANTIC BOOKS
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    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 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