Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives In World War II

Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives In World War II

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? ?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 the New York Times bestselling author of A Higher Call comes the riveting World War II story of an American tank gunner?s journey into the heart of the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? ?A band of brothers in an American tank . . . Makos drops the reader bac...

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Title:Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives In World War II
Author:Adam Makos
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Genres:History
ISBN:0804176728
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:395 pages pages

Spearhead: An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives In World War II Reviews

  • Ron
    Dec 13, 2018
    Tank versus tank! Pershing versus Panther! And caught on film? No, this is not a war movie, rather this is a World War II tale worth making into a movie. Adam Makos met with Clarence Smoyer in 2012 and that launched a journey that led to this book. Clarence Smoyer was a tank gunner ...
  • John
    Jun 10, 2019
    Excellent book. It follows a few U.S. tanks as well as some infantry through Belgium and Germany. The author also bring in a few Germans, both military and civilian. Good number of maps and photos are a bonus. The best part is the writing. Often these combat stories can be too factual ...
  • 'Aussie Rick'
    Mar 06, 2019
    Having just finished Adam Mako's latest WW2 book; Spearhead I wanted a bit of time to collect my thoughts before trying to write a review. This is an excellent book of soldiers at war, a tankers eye-view of the conflict through his periscope or his gun sight. Adam Makos has decided to ...
  • Morgan Blackledge
    Mar 31, 2019
    Tight AF tank fights. FUK YEAH!!!! And one other thing: The book does a great job personalizing the events from the perspective of the actual people who fought on both sides of the frontline. The author met the surviving American and German veterans and even accompanied th...
  • James
    Nov 15, 2018
    First, I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been unduly influenced in any way. Summary: The description provided by the publisher states that Spearhead is "the riveting World War II story of an American tan...
  • Babbs
    Jun 28, 2019
    If ever a book called to me, this was it. My Dad was in the US Army and I was born at the Fort Knox base while he was stationed there in the late 1970's to early 1980's. He also worked specifically with tanks as part of a rapid deployment armored division. Two of my best friends happen...
  • JD
    Mar 18, 2019
    Another great book by Adam Makos (the best story-teller of the last few years). The story follows the young men from both American and German armored units across the European battlefields, culminating in the battle of Cologne where their stories meet. Makos introduces each character n...
  • Tim Yearneau
    Feb 27, 2019
    Exceptional book. I read it in like 4 days. I couldn't put it down. What I liked is Makos sticks to the story, keeps it rolling, and doesn't slow down the story with too many details. Enough details to keep the story relevant and interesting, but doesn't slow it down. An emotional conn...
  • Sweetwilliam
    May 15, 2019
    This is a fast paced memoir filled with non-stop action. I was entertained from the first chapter to the last and there wasn?t a moment of downtime. During the day, I couldn?t wait for night time so I could get back to the book. For me, this is a WWII, European theater version of ?...
  • Grant Masson
    Feb 02, 2019
    Spearhead honors an unsung hero of World War II, Clarence Smoyers, who deplored violence but became the gunner of one of the first Pershing tanks in the European Theater, spearheading the American invasion of Germany. Smoyers's story is a powerful evocation of the lives and challenges ...
  • Peter Tillman
    Mar 03, 2019
    This is a well-written and well-researched WW2 history book that I kept stalling on, at repeated scenes of graphic gore. Such as, an unfortunate lieutenant, killed within a few hours of taking his new posting in a tank platoon, with his brain matter splattered all over the inside of th...
  • Charles Darlage
    Apr 26, 2019
    A fantastic read. Really gives you a feel for what it was like in a tank during WWII, for both sides. Great photos and there is video from WWII that documents one of the dramatic tank battles documented in this book. One I will definitely read again at some point. ...
  • Jeff
    Apr 17, 2019
    If you are interested in military history, and have seen the video on YouTube "Panther vs Pershing, Cologne 1945" this book will give you a read that will keep you entranced till the last page. Easy reading , and highly informative. The human aspect as well as the mechanical/technical ...
  • Nissa
    Apr 28, 2019
    I loved the history, the details and I learned a lot reading it. I also developed a stronger appreciation for those who fought the Axis in WWII. Although a little tech-y and hard to fully comprehend at times, it was a phenomenal book. ...
  • Donna Davis
    Dec 28, 2018
    I read this historical gem free and early, thanks to Net Galley and Random House Ballantine; it?s among the top ten percent of the military histories I have read, and it?s one of the few that I have recommended to friends and relatives. Makos?s introduction tells us what he has d...
  • Tony Hedrick
    Dec 26, 2018
    Overall this is a well-researched book that makes good on the author?s promise of making the reader feel as if they are almost there in the turret. The thing that makes this a great book that deserves five stars is that Mr. Makos included the final two chapters. Living and dealing wi...
  • Jamey Davis
    Apr 21, 2019
    Great book! ...
  • David Lubin
    Apr 15, 2019
    Adam Makos has done an incredible job of tracking down aging WW 2 veterans like Clarence Smoyer and Gustav Schaefer and putting together what each was doing and thinking during moments when they were trying to kill each other in order to survive. Since my father in law had been a tank ...
  • Zerlinna Teague
    Apr 22, 2019
    "The guard approached Gustav and told him that he could visit the chow line. Gustav didn't understand. 'Everyone gets the same tonight,' the guard said--commander's orders." "Tell Clarence, in the next life, we will be comrades." Wow! This book left me speechless. I want to star...
  • Lydia
    Dec 16, 2018
    I am convinced Adam Makos has another blockbuster on his hands!!! It was simply spectacular! I am also really glad I had the opportunity to see the trailer before the book arrived ? I felt as if I knew Clarence already. The author made this frightening time of history so easy to foll...
  • Roy R McSorley III
    May 02, 2019
    Enthralling The author made me feel like I was there as an observer. I also liked the tour of the drive across Europe, reminding me of the time I spent overseas. ...
  • Elaine
    Oct 21, 2018
    Thank you net galley for the advance read copy of this novel. This was an excellent job fiction account of tank warfare towards the end of WWII. This is not my typical genre but I very much enjoyed this book. It read like an action film rather than just facts and figures of who did wha...
  • Quesenberrys
    Apr 24, 2019
    I saw this book at Costco, bought it on a whim. Then I looked at the reviews- seems like a great book! And it was! Careful, personal account of a tanker (and a few others) who fought his way across Europe, and engaged in some memorable battles/struggles on the way. Gives you a very per...
  • Mike
    Apr 18, 2019
    Fantastic. Couldn't stop reading this book. The people you meet in this story are wonderful just like Adam's other books. What is interesting about this story is that there is actual film footage of a battle that these guys fought. I only gave it 5 stars because 6 stars was not an opti...
  • Ian Pickard
    Mar 29, 2019
    Adam Makos is a fantastic author. Another great WWII story captured in a personal way that brings you right into the story. ...
  • Jaime
    Jan 29, 2019
    Incredible story - Despite being a history major, I had never read much about the experience of the men fighting in tanks during World War 2. This books gives excellent insight into their (harrowing) experience while telling one man?s story of bravery, regret, and redemption. ...
  • Lisa Anderson
    Apr 17, 2019
    Amazing story by one of my favorite authors. I love how Adam Makos makes these stories come alive and brings a renewed appreciation for the sacrifices made during this time in history. ...
  • Nathaniel Jackson
    Apr 27, 2019
    I enjoyed this book. I've read quite a few WWII histories; this one was different in that it centered around an Armored Division and specifically tank battles. The author was able to interview several survivors of a tank battalion, making the story more personal. Amazing stories of sur...
  • L.A. Pokin
    Apr 15, 2019
    FINISHED READING SPEARHEAD: FIVE STARS Two weeks ago at the book signing in downtown Denver, I met the author and the WWII veteran featured in this amazing book. 9News advertised the book signing and invited everyone to come to Union station to meet Clarence and the author - so ...
  • Gary Detrick
    Apr 17, 2019
    A powerful book of tank gunners, interwoven with the stories of the men, American and German, who lead the devastating treks across the battlefields of WWII. Exceptionally written and documented, this will keep you moving from page to page following the intensity of the battles and the...