THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: “Beautifully told.”—CNN •“A remarkable story...worth retelling and celebrating.”—USA Today •“Oh, it’s a good one!”—Fox News
A “beautiful story of a brotherhood between enemies” emerges from the horrors of World War II in this New York Times bestseller by the author of Devotion, now a Major Motion Picture.
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.
Amazing insight into the inner workings of the Luftwaffe. Easy read and hard to put the book down. I learned more about WW2 and the German Air Force than I would have ever wished for!55
So glad I finished reading this book! Oh, I absolutely loved it. One of the greatest physicians I ever worked with recommended it. This is such a special story. It truly gives a great look into the minds and lives of the pilots on both sides.55
Excellent narration of plots on both sides during WWII Told mainly about the life of a young German who becomes a pilot and his eventual encounter with a young American who also becomes a pilot and their encounter over the skies of Germany, and the subsequent life of the German fighter pilot in the waning years of WWII. And leading to the reunification of the two pilots over 40 years later55
Couldn’t put it down, changed my opinion on a lot of things about World War II55
Riveting. Author brings you right into the cockpit and into the minds of these amazing pilots. Shows us (again)what a waste war is. But also shows the human side of war. Fantastic book.55
An amazing book! Great perspective!55
This book details an amazing experience in WWII by two fighter pilots on opposing sides who later met to become fast friends. Well written and fast paced.45
Amazing!! A must read for anyone , but especially for pilots and those interested in WW2. On my “favorite books ever” list!55
I loved this book!!!55
I literally could NOT put this story down! Incredible account of WWII aviation. You don’t need to be a fan of the subject matter to appreciate this book. The story will impress and appeal to anyone. Tho, fair warning, this book ignited a serious passion to dive headfirst into more WWII aviation books. I’m beyond impressed how the author painstakingly pieced together all the elements surrounding these pilots.55