Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Highest Duty (Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger)

Have you ever had one of those days where everything just seems to go wrong? The bus never comes to pick up your kids. Your umbrella blows inside out during a torrential rainstorm. You accidentally staple your finger. Your airplane hits a numerous amount of birds in flight and loses thrust in both engines. On a day when you have lost all faith in humanity, pick up this book.

Co-written with Jeffrey Zaslow, this is the story of Sully, the pilot of Flight 1549, which landed in the Hudson River with nary a life lost. Beginning with the first flight by himself when he was very young and ending with the nailbiting, armchair-gripping account of the crash, Captain Sullenberger writes a very honest portrayal of his vocation in life...flying. Along the way, we are introduced to his devoted wife, Lorrie, and two daughters, Kate and Kelly.

Captain Sullenberger makes sure that the reader understands that he did not pilot that plane into the Hudson by himself. His entire crew saved lives that day. He lets us read some of the letters he has received from both passengers and everyday Americans who were affected by Flight 1549. One of the letters comes from a man who says Sully is not a hero. He was just immensely prepared for his job, did it well, and all of us are very thankful for that.


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Currently reading - "Her Fearful Symmetry" by Audrey Niffenegger