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 ...
  • '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...
  • 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...
  • Rick
    Jan 17, 2019
    First off - full disclosure - I received this book in a GR Giveaway and am grateful for the chance to review it. In sum, I liked this book - not as much as his "A Higher Call" - but liked it just the same. Makos' schtick seems to be to tell a very engaging war story and to tie together...
  • 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
    Rave review @ WSJ: https://www.wsj.com/articles/spearhea... As always, I'm happy to email you a copy if you don't subscribe. "The story?s everyman is Clarence Smoyer, a 21-year-old gun loader assigned to the Third Armored Division?s Easy Company. The mild-mannered Pennsylvanian ...
  • Ashley Hansgen
    Feb 22, 2019
    An absolutely phenomenal book. After "A Higher Call', and" Devotion", I was greatly anticipating this new work by Adam Makos. He more than delivered on my high expectations. Rarely is an author able to weave the annals of history in with a personal story while staying true to both. Mak...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • David Zimmerman
    Mar 27, 2019
    Adam Makos has done it again. He has brought to life a story of courage, heroism, and and brotherhood that demonstrates some men's ability to bring out the best of humanity while subjected to the inhumanity of war. After reading two previous works of this author, A Higher Call" and "De...
  • Ashley
    Jan 24, 2019
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I first heard about this book through a CNN article. I read the article, and was immediately intrigued, so I found the book on goodreads and put it on my want to read shelf, a few days later it came...
  • 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...
  • John Allgood
    Apr 07, 2019
    This is ?beach read? war story. It?s a good story, some might call it a great story. Personally, I found the writing a bit too much like a long magazine article or novelization. ...
  • Ray W
    Feb 06, 2019
    What a fantastic book! I work at a media company and the secretary put it on my desk. It had come in the mail as a pre-sale promotion and she thought I might like it. Boy was she right! Spearhead follows the 3rd Armor division in WWII fighting through France, Belgium, and Germany. ...
  • 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...
  • Glenn  Coltharp
    Feb 01, 2019
    I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 5* easy! This is a true story of WWII tankers and doughboys involved in the Spearhead assaults against th...
  • 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. ...
  • CANDY
    Jan 31, 2019
    i enjoyed this book as it is written with true encounters of actual events. I enjoyed the pictures so I could put a face with the printed word. I would read this author again. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Steven
    Feb 26, 2019
    Great tale of heroism with exception compassion in such trying times. ...
  • Dominic Dinkel
    Feb 24, 2019
    Wow! This is the best book I have read since Adam Makos' A Higher Call. It is an intense and emotional journey through the end of WWII. I knew the boys in the Allied armored divisions had a rough job, but this really puts their fight into a new personal light. I remember watching t...
  • Elizabeth Marie
    Jan 29, 2019
    This book is full of hidden gems beyond all that's promised on the dust jacket copy. There's Ann Stringer, the intrepid war reporter pushing her luck with Eisenhower because of how close she comes to the front lines. There's also the storyline of Anne Marie Berghoff, the teenage German...
  • Karyn Roelke
    Jan 29, 2019
    What a riveting, beautifully written account of WWII tank crews in the waning months of the war. Author Adam Makos beautifully draws us in to the hardship, the harrowing battles, and the camaraderie between the members of the tank crews on both sides of the conflict. I was moved by the...
  • Ken Kapcha
    Jan 30, 2019
    I received an advanced copy of it in exchange for an unbiased review. Congratulations Adam Makos!! This is a great book -- sure to be a bestseller!! I would give it more than five stars, if I could. It was a riveting story -- I couldn't put it down. And I have already purchased seve...
  • Dianne Castelli
    Jan 30, 2019
    I received an advanced copy in exchange for an unbiased review. International bestselling author, Adam Makos has delivered another blockbuster:  Another true World War II story, that is sure to be a bestseller.  We meet Clarence Smoyer, a Pennsylvania boy, in the US Army's 3rd Arm...