A Higher Call

A Higher Call Summary

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.

Book Reviews

Das bug1971

Excellent read5 star

I read the story twice. It is well worth your time to read a truly amazing true story.55

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A higher call5 star

Never heard this story before, but a great read.55


Not what I expected5 star

This story was not what I expected. It turned out to be better. Great job on writing ✍️this book📘. I really enjoyed it. 👍🏼🤟🏼🫶🏻✈️🛩️ jlj retired army55


Pure gold5 star

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


Amazing story5 star

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

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War and Honor in the skies5 star

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

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A higher call5 star

Couldn’t put it down, changed my opinion on a lot of things about World War II55


A higher call5 star

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


Loved it!!5 star

An amazing book! Great perspective!55


A Higher Call4 star

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

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