In this inspirational autobiography, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, the airline pilot whose emergency landing on the Hudson River earned the world's admiration, 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--and can never be replaced by--technology, and forty years of careful practice and training.
From his earliest memories of learning to fly as a teenager in a crop duster's single-engine plane in the skies above rural Texas to his years in the United States Air Force at the controls of a powerful F-4 Phantom, 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.
His wife, Lorrie, has been a pillar of support through all the highs and lows that life has offered, from the challenges of commercial flying to the birth of their two daughters, from financial struggles to the event of January 15, 2009. Though the world may remember Sully as the hero of Flight 1549, the legacy he desires even more is that of a loving husband and father.
Highest Duty is the intimate story of a man who has grown up to embrace what we think of as quintessential American values--leadership, responsibility, commitment to hard work, and service to others. And it is a narrative that reminds us that cultivating seemingly ordinary virtues can prepare us to perform extraordinary acts.
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1 . Lacked interest
Posted January 31, 2012 by Chris , AtlantaThe day on the Hudson was definately a win and Sullenberger AND his crew did an outstanding job, no doubt.
I am sorry - but I did not find the details of Sullenberger's life interesting at all. The in- depth discussion of his parents, how he met his wife and details of their adoptions were just boring frankly.
Overall the book was just ok. Some of the aviation items were intersting although his constang lameting being gone for work was tiresome and reflects a lack of knowledege of other professions..
Also anyone calling him a hero missed this part in his book. He is a man of integrity and moral courage, but not a hero.
2 . Engrossing
Posted December 23, 2009 by Barb , Palo Alto, CAA fascinating read.... and wonderfully written.
Although we've all heard the story, the elements of this man which collectively came together in a 5 minute crisis to save an untold number of lives are stunning. This read will leave you thinking!
October 11, 2009
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