From the pulisher:
Adam Makos, author of A HIGHER CALL: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II, which Publishers Weekly calls “a top-notch narrative….a riveting story of humanity and mercy set against the ghastly backdrop of war” is available for interviews in May.
Esteemed military journalist Makos offers a vivid portrayal of the lives and careers of two airmen of opposing nations —the American, 2nd Lieutenant Charlie Brown, a twenty-one year old farm boy from West Virginia—and the German, 2nd Lieutenant Franz Stigler, a former airline pilot from Bavaria.
The book follows both Charlie and Franz’s harrowing missions for their respective countries, which led them across multiple continents and even oceans—to ultimately come to 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. Their encounter haunted both of them for more than forty years until finally as old men, they met again, reunited in friendship and brotherhood.
Having interviewed countless U.S. veterans from WWII to the present day, Adam Makos had heard his subjects talk about Charlie and Franz’s story. Curious about what really happened, he set out to discover whether a“Nazi” really saved the American pilot’s life? Adam went on to spend eight years interviewing both Franz and Charlie and researching what happened to them. The result is A HIGHER CALL, in which Makos not only shares one of the greatest untold stories in military history, he also explores a fundamental question: Can good men fight against each other in a bad war and still uphold their values?
This inspiring and compelling read examines the prudence of war and how we view and treat our enemies.
Adam Makos is a journalist, historian, and also the author of Voices of the Pacific: Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II. Makos has interviewed countless veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and present-day wars. He has flown a B-17 bomber, a T-38 fighter with the Air Force, and was one of the few journalists privileged to examine Air Force One with its pilots.