Adam Makos is one of our family’s favorite nonfiction writers. Grace read one of his books years ago and loved it. She went on to read all of his books.
She convinced the rest of us to read his books and now we understand why she loves his writing so much.
Adam Makos credits his grandfathers, who both served in WWII, for his love of military history.
As a kid, Adam, his brother, and a friend started a newsletter, that eventually turned into the military magazine Valor. He then turned his love of military stories into the books we now enjoy.
From WWII to the Korean War Adam Makos makes history come alive. His love of history and the military shine through in his writing.
I hope Adam Makos continues collecting stories and writing about the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much to keep us free.
Adam Makos Books
If you want to read more nonfiction these books are a great place to start.
A Higher Call. Published in 2012.
This is the story of Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown and German pilot Franz Stigler. Their story has been called the most incredible encounter between two enemies in WWII.
What makes this book so fascinating is that it tells the story from both the American and German sides. It reminds us that there were good people on the wrong side.
Adam Makos makes history come alive in this book. This is an incredible story that is so well written. You won’t be able to put this book down.
Voice of the Pacific. Published in 2013.
This book follows fifteen marines from Pearl Harbor to their battles in the Pacific with Japan to their return home after V-J Day.
Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton put together a history of the Pacific War told by the people that fought the war. It is an honest look at war, the aftermath, and how it forever changes lives.
Devotion. Published in 2017.
Devotion is the story of two U.S. Navy Pilots and the Marines they fought to defend during the Korean War.
Tom is a white New Englander who passed up college to become a pilot. Jesse is the son of a sharecropper from Mississippi who became the Navy’s first black carrier pilot.
This is a book about war, but it is also about friendship, teamwork, courage, racial tensions, and fighting for what is right.
There are not a lot of books about the Koren War. If you are looking for a nonfiction book about the Korean War this one should be at the top of your list.
The movie Devotion which is based on the book is excellent, but I highly recommend reading the book first.
Spearhead. Published in 2019.
Grace and my husband went to hear Adam Makos when he visited Magic City Books in Tulsa to promote Spearhead. They loved meeting him and getting to hear him talk.
Spearhead is the story of a WWII American tanker, Clarence Smoyer, and his journey fighting the Third Reich.
Adam Makos does such a great job showing the humanity of war. The story of Clarence gives you a look into what an American tanker during WWII really lived through. It shows courage and struggle.
This is a gripping story that once you start you will not be able to put down.
We can’t wait to see what Adam Makos will write next. If you want to read more nonfiction we highly recommend that you give Adam Makos books a try.