A Higher Call - Adam Makos & Larry Alexander

A Higher Call

By Adam Makos & Larry Alexander

  • Release Date: 2012-12-19
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 845 Ratings


A “beautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies”* emerges from the horrors of World War II in this New York Times and international bestseller. 

December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first mission. Suddenly, a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up on the bomber’s tail. The pilot is German ace Franz Stigler—and he can destroy the young American crew with the squeeze of a trigger...

What happened next would defy imagination and later be called “the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II.”

The U.S. 8th Air Force would later classify what happened between them as “top secret.” It was an act that Franz could never mention for fear of facing a firing squad. It was the encounter that would haunt both Charlie and Franz for forty years until, as old men, they would search the world for each other, a last mission that could change their lives forever.



  • Great Read

    By ironhorse182
    Well written and captivating from the first sentence to the last.
  • A Higher Calling

    By Bob McHenry
    Outstanding story! Well worth cost and time spent reading!
  • Higher call

    By Paymasterbill
    Best book I've ever read. A must read!
  • A higher call

    By NautiAuditor
    Great read which shows the bravery on both sides, especially the German challenges. A very compassionate book and a must for those who may have lived during the time of the story.
  • A Higher Call

    By S Walton
    Excellent book about WWII. Wonderful portrayal of Pilots from both USA and German viewpoints. I would highly recommend this book, so well written.
  • Life Changing!

    By Raptor!
    This is the greatest book I have read!!! It will not disappoint. As an aviation historian and a flight instructor, I can say with truthfulness that this book's accuracy is unparalleled. I await the day this will become a motion picture. Highly recommended.
  • Great read...

    One of the most humanizing books I have read. Goodness and honor emerge from organized chaos.
  • Higher Call

    By Higher Call
    An amazing book--my father served in the Pacific as a PBY navigator and my uncle was a B17 bombardier shot down over Germany and put in Stalag 1 for 2 years---both came home. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in WW II history.
  • Great Human Interest Story

    By GAP1956
    A wonderfully balanced view from both sides of two great air forces of WWII!
  • Superbly written and researched story

    By Earlyflyer
    There was no shortage of research that went into this book. But rather than being dry and emphasizing facts, the author conveyed the tragedy and beauty that these airmen experienced. I expected to read about a mission, but gained insight into the background that shaped the men who were foes over the battlefield and who found the strength to be human.