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Spearhead

An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II
Auteur(s): Adam Makos
Narrateur(s): Johnathan McClain
Durée: 13 h et 33 min
5 out of 5 stars (6 évaluations)
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New York Times Best Seller

“A band of brothers in an American tank...Makos drops the reader back into the Pershing’s turret and dials up a battle scene to rival the peak moments of Fury.” (The Wall Street Journal) 

From New York Times best-selling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner’s journey into the heart of the Third Reich, where he will meet destiny in an iconic armor duel - and forge an enduring bond with his enemy.

When Clarence Smoyer is assigned to the gunner’s seat of his Sherman tank, his crewmates discover that the gentle giant from Pennsylvania has a hidden talent: He’s a natural-born shooter. 

At first, Clarence and his fellow crews in the legendary 3rd Armored Division - “Spearhead” - thought their tanks were invincible. Then they met the German Panther, with a gun so murderous it could shoot through one Sherman and into the next. Soon a pattern emerged: The lead tank always gets hit. 

After Clarence sees his friends cut down breaching the West Wall and holding the line in the Battle of the Bulge, he and his crew are given a weapon with the power to avenge their fallen brothers: the Pershing, a state-of-the-art “super tank”, one of 20 in the European theater. 

But with it comes a harrowing new responsibility: Now they will spearhead every attack. That’s how Clarence, the corporal from coal country, finds himself leading the US Army into its largest urban battle of the European war, the fight for Cologne, the “Fortress City” of Germany. 

Battling through the ruins, Clarence will engage the fearsome Panther in a duel immortalized by an army cameraman. And he will square off with Gustav Schaefer, a teenager behind the trigger in a Panzer IV tank, whose crew has been sent on a suicide mission to stop the Americans. 

As Clarence and Gustav trade fire down a long boulevard, they are taken by surprise by a tragic mistake of war. What happens next will haunt Clarence to the modern day, drawing him back to Cologne to do the unthinkable: to face his enemy, one last time. 

“The tension, death, and courage that were everyday experiences for American tankers fill the pages of Makos’s book. This moving story of bravery and comradeship is an important contribution to WWII history that will inform and fascinate both the general reader and the military historian.” (Publishers Weekly)

©2019 Random House Audio (P)2019 Adam Makos

Ce que les critiques disent

“A band of brothers in an American tank.... [Adam] Makos drops the reader back into the Pershing’s turret and dials up a battle scene to rival the peak moments of Fury.... Brilliant...[a] gripping action narrative...a thoroughly enjoyable battle story, and a tribute to the everyman warrior.” (The Wall Street Journal

“[Spearhead is] a compelling, exciting adventure.... An in-the-moment re-creation of the Allied breakthrough of the West Wall into Nazi Germany by a remarkable cadre of tank crewmen of the 3rd Armored Division.” (Kirkus Reviews

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  • Au global
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Fantastic, powerful story

Great story, I really liked how the author brought all the storeies together of these brave men. This book has given me a different perspective of how I thought WW2 might have been.

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  • Msgr. John R. McGrath
  • Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 2019-03-11

Excellent

Spearhead is the best historical story of WW II I have heard and recommend it with out hesitation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-12

An Exceptional Story

This Book was amazing, Adam Makos is an amazing author. At points in this book it made me almost want to cry thinking of what our soldiers went through defending liberty in a place far from home. Clarence Smoyer and his tank crew as well as the other characters in this book deserve our undying gratitude for all that they gave for us. This is an amazing book that is definitely a must read/ listen.

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  • Au global
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  • Christopher
  • Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • 2019-03-06

The Story is great , but...........

The author does a great job in his research and bring the tank crews to life. The story is laid out well, and is very emotional!
My only problem is with the style of writing. The author writing make it seem like he is writing for a 6 year old. I felt that I was being talked down to for 2/3 of the book. The last 1/3 was must better.

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  • Au global
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  • W. Bender
  • Sayville, NY USA
  • 2019-04-25

An amazingly good World War II read!

Talk about exceeding expectations! I confess that, as a Second World War history enthusiast, I tried this title with some trepidation. These books always seem to contain some glitch, usually an equipment misnomer which resists editing. Not here though! Every aspect of the technical details of American and German armor is spot on. Better still, the story of these men and vehicles is masterfully woven from both sides, with real character given to the soldiers involved. The result makes for a very human story of men and their machines in war time, complete with a climactic battle between then new M26 Pershing tank and the nemesis of the American armored forces, the dreaded Panther. All this is neatly wrapped up with an excellent epilogue that makes you marvel at the author's commitment to and research of the story he wanted to present.
Kudos also for the excellent narration, with none of the mispronunciation of German terms and names that are endemic in this genre.

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  • Britt
  • 2019-04-25

Absolutely wonderful!

As a modern day tanker who has served 2 tours in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan this story absolutely resonates with me.

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  • theinglebaby23
  • RIDGEFIELD, WA, United States
  • 2019-04-23

Touching, amazing story.

How these paths crossed then and decades later - and were not lost to history - is absolutely astounding. Perhaps one of the last great stories that will ever come out of WWII - a phenomenal, must-listen!!

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  • Charles Fred Smith
  • Plano, Texas
  • 2019-04-22

Tanker's Higher Call

I was somewhat disappointed in this book. It is well researched and well written but it seemed like a rewrite of "A Higher Call" which personalized the war between a German and American aircrew. This one was just in tanks. The scope of the book is quite limited as far as activities of the 3rd Armored Division. Belton Cooper's "Death Traps" is much more inclusive and a personal account of Spearhead in WWII in Europe. The book "Spearhead" was good but it is essentially the view of the war from one tank hatch and really featured only one extended tank engagement but it is the first book I have read where the M-26 was involved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-22

The best history story teller since Stephen Ambrose.

If you consider yourself a devotee of WW 2 you have to get this book. There were stories in this book that kept me while I sat in my driveway for a half hour listening to a particular scene. It is compelling. I am going to listen to Devotion next.

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  • Grandma Dede
  • 2019-04-20

excellent story

Excellent story, we'll read. it brought the human element to the story and gave a satisfying wrap up to the post war lives of the main people

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  • Snippersly
  • 2019-04-20

Must read!

If you love WWII history this is a must read book. Gripping, real, gritty, from the men who were there.