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Captain Chesley Sully Sullenberger became a hero after landing a distressed U.S. Air plane on the surface of the Hudson River in New York City. His fascinating and deservedly praised memoir reflects on his childhood love for planes and an outstanding 42-year career as a pilot—as well as how he and his family coped with the onslaught of sudden celebrity. McConnohie does his level best to fill Sully's shoes and delivers a solid performance, but the real highlights are the portions of the text read by Sully himself, sounding as cool, calm, and collected as he was on that day in January 2009. An enhanced CD with the voice recorder transcript of the crash completes the package. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 19). (Oct.)
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On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in aviation history when Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. To Sullenberger, a calm, steady pilot with forty years of flying experience who is also a safety consulting expert, the landing was not a miracle but rather the result of years of practice and training-wisdom he gained in the cockpit of U.S. Air Force jets and in his Texas boyhood.
Born to a World War II veteran and dentist father and an elementary school teacher mother, Sully fell in love with planes early. He learned to fly as an eager 16-year-old from a crop duster, an older neighbor in north Texas, who took off and landed his fragile plane on the grass field behind his house. While Sully′s father encouraged his interest in flying, he also imparted stern advice he′d learned from his Navy service during World War II: a commander is responsible for everyone in his care-and those words have shaped Sully′s life and work and continue to guide him today.
HIGHEST DUTY reveals the important lessons Sully learned through childhood, in his military service, and in his work as a commercial airline pilot. At heart, it is a story of hope and preparedness-that life′s challenges can be met if we′re ready for them-reminding us that, even in these days filled with war, tragedy, and economic uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for.
A few weeks after the crash, Sully discovered that he′d lost a library book about professional ethics, Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability, in the downed plane′s cargo hold. When he called the library to notify them, they waived the usual fees. Mayor Michael Bloomberg replaced the book when he gave Sully the Key to the City in a New York ceremony.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Editorial Reviews
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 19 days 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 28 days 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 2 months ago by Brad Little
A well written account of Captain Sullenberger's life and the cumulative value of his choices and experiences that enabled him to succeed when he was unexpectedly put to the test.Published 2 months ago by Ron
Like the way the book is written by including the background of each step of sulley's career.Published 2 months ago by ronald w. culbertson
As a retired airline captain, I felt the hair rise on the back of my neck and the sweat break out on my forehead as I read Captain Sullenberger’s detailed description of U.S. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David B. Crawley