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Making a Difference: Stories of Vision and Courage from America's Leaders Hardcover – May 15, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061924709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061924705
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

One of the most captivating heroes of the last decade and the author of the New York Times bestseller Highest Duty explores the nature of leadership with some of America's best and brightest

At a time of political polarization and economic turmoil, we yearn for superior leadership. Few have demonstrated this trait better than Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, a man who embodies the core values that are at the heart of America: responsibility, optimism, integrity, loyalty, and compassion. In this follow-up to his bestselling memoir, Sullenberger engages nearly a dozen distinguished Americans to explore the nature of leadership, what it means, what it takes, and how it can be fostered and developed in all of our lives.

They are asked the important questions: Where do the best leaders come from? And how do the most successful and creative truly lead, motivate, and inspire? Sullenberger talks to men and women from diverse fields, including space exploration, business, government, education, sports, finance, medicine, and the military, all of whom embody, in the truest sense, moral courage and leadership by personal example. Among those included are: Tony La Russa, the legendary baseball manager; Gene Kranz, the NASA flight director during the historic Gemini and Apollo programs; Michelle Rhee, founder of the New Teacher Project; former governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm; Jim Sinegal, co-founder and CEO of Costco; Lieutenant Colonel Tammy Duckworth, former assistant secretary with the Department of Veterans Affairs; Bill Bratton, former NYPD commissioner and LAPD chief; and former Labor secretary Robert Reich.

About the Author

Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III is a retired airline pilot, speaker, and consultant who has become a source of inspiration for many after his successful emergency water landing of a disabled airliner on the Hudson River. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds two master's degrees and an honorary doctorate of letters from Purdue University. He has testified before Congress about aviation safety and the state of the airline piloting profession. He serves as the CBS News aviation and safety expert, is the founder of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a management, safety, and performance consulting company, and was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. He lives with his family in Danville, California.


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Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III is an airline pilot and safety expert, and has served as an instructor and an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) safety chairman and accident investigator. He was named the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship in his graduating class at the United States Air Force Academy, and he holds two master's degrees. A native of Denison, Texas, he lives in Danville, California, with his wife and family.

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I highly recommend this book for a recent graduate or for Father's Day.
J.Ballantyne
What made Sully famous was a lifetime of duty, training and work that became evident in a few moments over the Hudson river.
James H. Chesky
Sullenberger's book as a gift, and read it cover to cover in one weekend!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J.Ballantyne on May 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After reading Captain Sully Sullenberger's first book "Highest Duty", I knew that I would like his new book "Making a Difference". It didn't let me down. It was a fast read with touching, relevant and inspiring stories. It made me want to be a better professional and activist for the things I believe in. There is something in it for everyone. The book features chapters dedicated to leaders from all walks of life and in a vast array of fields such as health care, government, retail, space exploration, business, education, sports and finance. It showed me that leaders don't necessarily seek out leadership but come upon it by circumstances and situations that propelled them into that position. It also made me see that having a fancy title or big salary doesn't make a person a leader. It comes from "believing in a core set of values and then living by those values" and "caring about a cause greater than you." I enjoyed reading about the trials and triumphs that shaped each of the leaders featured in the book. I can understand why Capt. Sully chose them - each has a deep compassion for humanity. I have long admired Capt. Sully for his own bravery and incredible ability to manage a crisis and its aftermath. And in many ways, he embodies the qualities of a great leader as well. I highly recommend this book for a recent graduate or for Father's Day. I also think all professionals in management positions should read it. There are lessons for everyone to learn through these stories of "vision and courage".
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christine B. on May 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a great book! After watching Capt. Sullenberger talk with the ladies on The View, I ran out to grab my copy. The stories he shared are all fantastic examples of how compassion, motivation, and your core values can help shape you into a great leader. Very motivational!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine State Guru on May 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was taken by Captain Sullenberger's first book Highest Duty and was very interested to hear his thoughts on leadership. This is a riveting book profiling some of our most inspiring contemporary leaders. A must read for the new Grad. Turning adversity into success, taking charge and responsibilty. Everyone can learn from these leaders. Even an old work horse like me. I am taking away a new perspective in how to properly lead in a brave new world. Buying this for my son and a few of his friends. I know they will benefit greatly from reading it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Banez on May 24, 2012
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Who doesn't love Captain Sully Sullenberger??! His newest book "Making a Difference" is as compelling as his first book, "Highest Duty".
I received Capt. Sullenberger's book as a gift, and read it cover to cover in one weekend! I really enjoyed reading the stories of all the featured leaders, especially Tony LaRussa and Michelle Rhee. This is a MUST purchase for a upcoming graduation gift and PERFECT for Father's Day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James H. Chesky on December 29, 2012
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What made Sully famous was a lifetime of duty, training and work that became evident in a few moments over the Hudson river. His second book seeks out what is it the people can do or are doing that is "Making a Difference" He does a decent job of interviewing the kinds of people that are often ignored in mainstream media. A good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Fulmore on July 20, 2012
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A friend gave me a copy of this book. At first glance, I thought it would be a generic thing full of platitudes, but with little more than that to offer. I was wrong. This is a better book than that. It is well-written, and it is full of insights and depth. I highly recommend it.

We'll have to believe that Sullenberger really wrote the book, while assuming he had some help with editing and such. He tells us that his purpose was to give an overview of what makes for leadership, the essential nature of it, the core qualities and/or characteristics, and how each of us can learn to apply the information in the book to our own lives.

Eleven Americans are profiled. I recognized the names of half, and had a good familiarity with some: John C. Bogle, Admiral Thad Allen, Jennifer Granholm, Tony La Russa, Robert Reich and Michelle Rhee.

He starts by telling us about Admiral Thad Allen, who, of course, became famous for his handling of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Allen story begins a theme where we are told that the execution of strong leadership comes after years of training, education and preparation. Few of us had heard of Admiral Allen before he was put in charge of the disaster; few of us would have ever heard of him if he had not. I'm sure that most of us appreciated his steady hand at the helm during the crisis. His was a good story with which to begin the book.

Next, he tells us about one of my personal favorites: John C. Bogle of Vanguard Investments. He is also known as "St. Jack" in investment circles. His college thesis led to the formation of the mutual fund industry, especially to the concept of computer-driven, low-cost, "indexed" mutual funds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John T. Guzy on January 16, 2013
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The book arrived in a timely fashion and in good condition. I thought the book was interesting to read, and it made my want to be a better person and contribute more.
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By Lil Peg on May 18, 2014
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Having captivated America with his heroic landing on the Hudson River with the airliner Chesley Sullenberger has written a second awesome book. His first, of course, the story of that harrowing eperience that saved dozens of lives while watched live on tv. From one who personally knows about Vision and Courage not only is this a must read for CEO'S; but business owners and husbands and men, in particular as well as women with careers. As a mother and woman in volunteer roles I found it fresh and encouraging when you sometimes feel you don't make a difference.
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