Highest Duty by Chesley B. Sullenberger
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“Gripping and genuinely heartwarming.”

New York Daily News


The inspirational New York Times bestselling autobiography of a true American hero, in Highest Duty Capt. Chesley “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—shares his thoughts on leadership, responsibility, and service along with his riveting life story. Written with Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch, Highest Duty is a remarkable true-life story that the Washington Times says, “Screams to be required reading for all young people, or anybody else who needs confirmation that courage, dignity and extraordinary competence can still be found in this land.”


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Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III is a retired airline pilot, speaker, and consultant who has become a source of inspiration for many after his successful emergency water landing of a disabled airliner on the Hudson River. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds two master's degrees and an honorary doctorate of letters from Purdue University. He has testified before Congress about aviation safety and the state of the airline piloting profession. He serves as the CBS News aviation and safety expert, is the founder of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a management, safety, and performance consulting company, and was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People. He lives with his family in Danville, California. Jeffrey Zaslow is a Wall Street Journal columnist, and, with Randy Pausch, coauthor of The Last Lecture, and the author of The Girls from Ames. Zaslow lives in Michigan, with his family.
Published September 25, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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People battered by foreclosures, hammered with job losses and stung by decimated savings accounts looked to the story of Flight 1549 and saw that there are “ways out of the tightest spots.” Of particular interest to aviation buffs, but valuable for anyone interested in how a life lived with integ...

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Sully's story starts with his enthusiasm for flying as a young boy and his earning his pilot's license at sixteen.

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Book Reporter

The flight attendants gave specific instructions to the passengers and helped them to safety --- first out of the plane, then off its wings, and finally onto the ferries and boats that rushed to assist them.

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Entertainment Weekly

I have nothing but admiration for Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot whose consummate skill and steely nerves enabled him to land a crippled US Airways jet in the Hudson River last January.

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For instance, we learn that the air traffic controller at the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control in Westbury really believed that Sully was doomed, that the crippled plane would spin and break apart when it hit the water.

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Aaron Eckhart plays Jeff Skiles, Sully's younger co-pilot.

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The Gospel Coalition

As I read I could almost hear in the background the voice of an editor saying to Zaslow, “Look, statistics show that a book of 300 pages sells 27% better than a book of 200 pages.

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During the contest period from January 2nd to February 1st at noon ET, two lucky readers each will be randomly chosen to win the audio versions of Lauren Willig's THE ENGLISH WIFE, read by Nicola Barber, and Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's THE WIFE BETWEEN US, read by Julia Whelan.

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