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Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters Paperback – May 11, 2010
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Now a major motion picture from Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks—the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger—the pilot who miraculously landed a crippled US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. His story is now a major motion picture from director / producer Clint Eastwood and stars Tom Hanks, Laura Linney and Aaron Eckhart.
Sully's story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot. It reminds us all that, even in these days of conflict, tragedy and uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for—that life's challenges can be met if we're ready for them.
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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 a can't put down book. Perhaps li's because he's from Denison, Tx. where I raised my family but I think it's mostly because of the suspenseful writing. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jane Williams
This book was so good. I hope someday I get to meet Captain Sullenberger because I think he is the TOPS.Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am both a pilot and an air traffic controller and so of course I was very interested in reading Sully's book. Unfortunately, pilots are not the target audience. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Wrongway78
Truly enjoyable read especially for fellow pilots or aviation enthusiasts. Well written and weaves an interesting tale through the Captains life.Published 29 days ago by Bubba
This book is a testament to focus, high standards and a sense of purpose. Great reading for aviators (of which I am one) and for Any academy graduate (of which I am also one). Read morePublished 1 month ago by jim powell
Excellent book! Captain Sullenberger takes us on a journey through his life which is well-lived. He is an exemplary man...a modern hero. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert W. Conroy
Good read from a retired pilot flying smaller A/C.
Crew did a very good job to get it down in a very calm manner.
After having heard "Sully" speak I couldn't wait to read his book, and it was everything I had hoped for !Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is slow and dull. It's more about Sully's life experiences that shaped him into the pilot he is. I stopped listening 1/4 of the way through. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ren