- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004AYDB3A
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (253 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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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
From beginning to end this book is captivating. We all know the story and how it ends but even so, every part of this book is interesting. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Candle Light
tremendous courage and ability to carry through in the most extreme conditions. Thank you for giving us the insight to a flight crews exceptional work.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed tremendously! Was pleased to be a part of his thinking process. Slightly choppy, but overall very enjoyable read!Published 7 days ago by Barbara B. Schumacher
This book was nothing what I expected. I was hoping for a blow by blow account of the infamous Hudson Landing, but instead was greeted with a meandering, disorganized rambling... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Dustin Davidson
I am a licensed pilot and I love everything aviation. I saw this book for sale and thought it looked interesting. I received the book in amazing condition. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Austen Pyle
This book really personalized the incident of Flt 1549 and put a different perspective of what easily good have been a tragedy OD enormous proportions. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Daniel C. Leimbach
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 1 month ago by Jane Williams