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Format:  CD
ISBN-10: 0061953253
ISBN-13: 9780061953255
Sku: 211280271
Publish Date: 10/13/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 6H x 5L x 1T
Pages:  5
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Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger became a national hero after his miraculous water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after both of the plane's engines lost power as the result of collision with a flock of birds. Though his fame came from the actions of a few hours, his autobiography Highest Duty shows that his remarkable calm and focus came from a lifetime of responsibility and preparation. The son of a World War II Veteran, Sullenberger learned from his father that a true leader is responsible for the lives of those entrusted to him. He took this ethos with him from the day he flew his first plane (a crop-duster) at the age of 16, until that fateful day nearly 40 years later when all of the 155 passengers onboard his flight survived the crash landing--something Sullenberger made sure of by inspecting the sinking airplane twice, before, like a true captain, leaving last.

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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.

About the Author:
Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger became a nationally known figure on January 15, 2009, when he successfully landed a severely damaged US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. Highest Duty, written with Jeffrey Zaslow -- co-author, with Randy Pausch of the New York Times bestseller The Last Lecture -- is much more than the account of an extraordinary rescue, it's the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of the decade. Highest Duty, Sullenberger's fascinating account of his life, the landing, and his insights on leadership, responsibility, and service, ranks high among other bestselling autobiographies of national heroes, from Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf to Michael J. Fox.

Annotation:
Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger became a national hero after his miraculous water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after both of the plane's engines lost power as the result of collision with a flock of birds. Though his fame came from the actions of a few hours, his autobiography HIGHEST DUTY shows that his remarkable calm and focus came from a lifetime of responsibility and preparation. The son of a World War II Veteran, Sullenberger learned from his father that a true leader is responsible for the lives of those entrusted to him. He took this ethos with him from the day he flew his first plane (a crop-duster) at the age of 16, until that fateful day nearly 40 years later when all of the 155 passengers onboard his flight survived the crash landing--something Sullenberger made sure of by inspecting the sinking airplane twice, before, like a true captain, leaving last.

Praise

"Concluding with Sullenberger's diffidence about his unsought renown, this memoir-drama imparts insights about the piloting profession as it enthralls readers with its exultant plotline of disaster averted." - Gilbert Taylor 09/15/209

"[H]ighly readable....Thanks to meticulous attention to white knuckle detail by Sully, writing with Jeffrey Zaslow, HIGHEST DUTY doesn't lose thrust just because we already know its outcome." - Jim Merritt 10/18/2009

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Product attributeBook Format:   Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   5
Product attributePublisher:   HarperAudio
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