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Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 13, 2009
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In this inspirational autobiography, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, the airline pilot whose emergency landing on the Hudson River earned the world's admiration, tells his life story and talks about the essential qualities that he believes have been so vital to his success.
In January 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in history when Captain Sullenberger brought a crippled US Airways flight onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all of the passengers and crew aboard. The successful outcome was the result of effective teamwork, Sully's dedication to airline safety, his belief that a pilot's judgment must go hand-in-hand with—and can never be replaced by—technology, and forty years of careful practice and training.
From his earliest memories of learning to fly as a teenager in a crop duster's single-engine plane in the skies above rural Texas to his years in the United States Air Force at the controls of a powerful F-4 Phantom, Sully describes the experiences that have helped make him a better leader, particularly the importance of taking responsibility for everyone in his care. And he talks about what he believes is at the heart of America's "can do" spirit: the very human drive to prepare for the unexpected and to meet it with optimism and courage.
His wife, Lorrie, has been a pillar of support through all the highs and lows that life has offered, from the challenges of commercial flying to the birth of their two daughters, from financial struggles to the event of January 15, 2009. Though the world may remember Sully as the hero of Flight 1549, the legacy he desires even more is that of a loving husband and father.
Highest Duty is the intimate story of a man who has grown up to embrace what we think of as quintessential American values—leadership, responsibility, commitment to hard work, and service to others. And it is a narrative that reminds us that cultivating seemingly ordinary virtues can prepare us to perform extraordinary acts.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Highest Duty is a portrait of an American life. Sully takes us on a tour encompassing his small-town upbringing, discussing his parents' instillation of strong, consistent values, discussing his early love affair with aviation, telling personal and touching stories of his family and his remarkable wife and partner Lorrie, covering his life-long focus on improving safety and reliability in aviation, and reviewing his observations about our nation's commercial aviation industry.
While one might reasonably wonder whether a formerly anonymous commercial pilot would have a compelling story to tell - a story that goes beyond the brief flight over the Hudson River - the engaging pages of Highest Duty make it clear that Sully's story is engaging, gripping, and filled with lessons for us all.
As you read this book, you realize that Sullenberger was absolutely prepared to be a pilot. It started back when he learned to fly (at age 16), it continued during his years at the Air Force Academy and in the Air Force, and it kept growing through his commercial pilot career. For example, he made a point of studying aircraft accidents, trying to put himself in the seats of those who had to make split-second decisions.Read more ›
At a deeper glance, this book has solidified my belief that one's life is defined by the outcome of inflection moments. These moments are rare, they come at unpredictable times and change everything. This is a book about a man who was (a) prepared to manage risks, (b) in the moments that mattered drew from that preparedness with flawless execution, and (c) performed his captain duties by ensuring his passengers' safety after the ditch.
The message to be taken out is two-fold:
1) Time is a dangerous agent that can remove lessons of the key risks, and every professional has a duty in understanding their landscape and drawing from historical perspective, in doing their job and being prepared for the unlikely, yet possible inflection events.
2) Service organizations have a duty to set risk management procedures that encompass known risks, and those they service should be able to define whether they'll pay.
I highly recommend this read, and remain in awe of all the people and events surrounding Flight 1549.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was interesting and important to learn what went into making Sullenberger the man who landed that plane. His focus was unbelievable! A little wordy but well worth the read,Published 6 days ago by Judy Murrell
Very interesting book. It really emphasizes the fact that if you learn everything you can about a subject, in this case flying an airplane, you are prepared to handle any... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed this book. Obviously, the story of the "miracle landing" couldn't take up the whole book, but the rest of his life was pretty interesting too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joan
Well written and very interesting. This book gives insight into the life and character of the pilot behind one of the most amazing crash landings in aviation history.Published 4 months ago by Travis Mecham
Remembering that fateful day when Flight 1549 landed in the Hudson, I was taken back to that time and place as I read this story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
It's not Wordsworth, but it's one of the most powerful books I've ever read. The way Captain Sullenberger lived his life, the choices he made, and the profound consequences of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brad Little