Airline pilot Captain "Sully" Sullenberger tells his life story, including his perspective on the emergency landing on the Hudson River that earned him the world's admiration, and offers insight on the essential qualities--leadership, responsibility and service--that he believes have been vital to his success. Simultaneous.Publishers Description
In this inspirational autobiography, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger 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 technology, and forty years of careful training.
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. Highest Duty reminds us that cultivating seemingly ordinary virtues can prepare us to perform extraordinary acts.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.02" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.87"
Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Release Date Oct 13, 2009
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|What Really Came Through Dec 2, 2009|
| I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the short flight to the Hudson, especially because I can identify with someone who gives it their all everyday. I found it an affirmation of faith in America and mankind in general. I too remember reading about the girl that was assaulted with no help offered and as a young adult this gave me reason to worry. However, I basically came to the conclusion that I did not understand the circumstance and that it was an isolated incident. This book allowed me to re-visit that memory and re-evaluate with a much more confident outcome and laid the problem to rest. I still believe, as Sully, that most people are good, generous, kind and responsible and was glad to have an opportunity to read about it. I also appreciated the opportunity to learn more abut the airline industry and glad to know their safty record is constantly being reviewed and updated. I thought the story was well done and was easy and exciting to read. I have recommended it to many of my fellow readers, family and friends.|
|A reaffirming perspective Nov 29, 2009|
|I was drawn to the book because of the interview I saw on the Jim Leher News Hour with the author. I was impressed with the obvious character of Captain Sullenberger, and how his approach to the book was not a sensational exploitation of the event. I read the book almost non-stop from start to finish. I only stopped to sleep.|
It is very well written, and the personal history of Captain Sullenberger fits beautifully into how it is that all went well during that fateful event. I have known a few pilots, and they have all had a common characteristic of being very safety conscious. In piecing together the parts of his life that allowed him to make all the right decisions in the correct order and in the best timing, Captain Sullenberger displayed that having safety as the primary protocol for decision making in the pilot's seat is a necessary and insufficient requirement to land a plane safely.
Reading this book has reaffirmed my conviction that we live integrated lives that bring together all that we have done, all that we hold dear, and all that we aspire to be at every moment. I am inspired to continue living my life to the fullest of my abilities, and am thankful that I was able to witness such a dramatic display of a multitude of small choices leading to a very large consequence. In a world full of seeing such sums converge to a disaster of disbelief and grief, this instance gives a reassuring counterpoint.
Thank you, Captain Sullenberger, and also his wonderful family, for sharing this book.
|The first two-thirds of the book is disappointing. Nov 29, 2009|
|I have great respect for Captain Sullenberger. The most interesting part of the book is the last 100 or so pages, where he discusses the landing and his thoughts during it. The remainder of the book is boring. It is a series of self-affirmations of what a good man he is (which I do not doubt). Of course autobiographies are about self-affirmations, but instead of letting the stories send messages on their own, he over-states them by reiterating things like "These are minor things, I know. But I feel better about myself when I make these kind of efforts". |
|Outstanding book Nov 28, 2009|
|A truly outstanding and inspirational book by an American hero. A most enjoyable book for all to enjoy written by a modest hero.|
|A rare fascinating insight into the mind and motivation of someone who loves his job Nov 27, 2009|
|This book is truly one that I found difficult to put down. |
It is written in an honest and forthright manner by someone, who from an early age, developed a passion for flying. The book chronicles that journey, the roads he trod and the undying passion for life, people and flying.
"Sully" Sullenberger's polite Texas roots, love of his family and respect for people, shines through the pages of this book, which makes the reader keep turning the page for more.
I was on a visit to one of my daughters in Northern Ccalifornia, when I read a review of this book. A newspaper review of the book, that I was reading on a plane, first generated my interest in buying the book.
The fact that we encountered the impact of a typhoon, while the Pilots were coming into land in San Jose, convinced me to find out more about the often unseen presences behind the cockpit door.
If you are interested in an absorbing story of a few of these pilots and air traffic controllers, who often hold our lives in their hands when you fly...then I recommend reading this book.
A very good read!
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