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by Captain Chesley B Sullenberger III,Jeffrey Zaslow

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Now a major motion picture from Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks—the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Capt. ‘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 and crew.

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. His story is now a major motion picture from director / producer Clint Eastwood and stars Tom Hanks, Laura Linney and Aaron Eckhart.

Sully's story is one of dedication, hope, and preparedness, revealing the important lessons he learned through his life, in his military service, and in his work as an airline pilot. It reminds us all that, even in these days of conflict, tragedy and uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for—that life's challenges can be met if we're ready for them.

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I read this book nearly 7 years ago when it first came out, and I decided to read it again before going to see the soon-to-be-released movie, "Sully," starring Tom Hanks. I'm really glad I read it the second time. For an outstanding "feel good" book, once is not enough.

"Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters" is the story of a dedicated and talented pilot who worked in relative obscurity until one extraordinary moment in time catapulted him to international fame. The events of January 15, 2009, don't appear in detail until two-thirds of the way though the book, which is very fitting, because Captain Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow portray how the events in Sully's life and interaction with family and important mentors along the way had prepared him to meet the ultimate challenge which had never been practiced in flight simulators - losing power in both engines at the same time shortly after takeoff in a major metropolis.

Sullenberger was the perfect pilot to have faced those unthinkable circumstances. Throughout his whole life and career as a student, Air Force Cadet, fighter pilot, and commercial pilot, Sully made it a point to soak up every bit of knowledge he could from his own and others' errors. He fought against complacency that could result from routine travel and believed in preparation, preparation, preparation. He engaged in constant "situational awareness," staying simultaneously cognizant of every conceivable condition, such as air traffic, wind speed, weather, location of nearest airports,and remaining fuel levels. He learned to anticipate the unanticipated. He believed that as a captain, he bore the chief responsibility for the lives of all passengers and crew.

This is a book of inspiration, but it also reveals that the lives of airline employees are not as glamorous as they had been in the 1960s, The Golden Age of Aviation. Government deregulation and the financial collapse of the airline industry after September 11, 2001, forced pilots to take a 40 percent cut in wages and to lose their pensions. Mergers and cost-cutting measures proved to be frustrating for Sully, who prided himself on customer service. He was twice reprimanded for making his flights late by insisting that empty seats be given to standby passengers.

One of the most uplifting portions of this book is the reaction of the ferry captains and any first responders who witnessed the river landing and sped to the rescue of the passengers without being commanded or requested. These actions restored Sully's faith in human nature, which had taken a big hit in 1964 when Queens resident Kitty Genovese was assaulted and murdered while 38 people who heard her screams did nothing to help her.

Do yourself a favor - read the book and treat yourself to the movie starring Tom Hanks. Yes, I am endorsing a movie that I haven't seen, because this is a chapter of Americana that makes everyone proud.
From beginning to end this book is captivating. We all know the story and how it ends but even so, every part of this book is interesting. I was so engrossed I felt emotions I did not expect to feel. Before reading the book I thought of this mostly as a feel-good story but the reality is that it is so much more than that. Read it to find out all the details of that flight and the man who landed that airplane safely in the Hudson. I could not put this book down and I'm sad that it's over. Looking forward to seeing the movie when it's released next month, though!!
I think that Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger's book reads well. Very well, indeed. Were it solely about the five minute flight over New York City in January, 2009, it would have a lot of padding in its 300+ pages - but fortunately, and obviously (to those who know the author), it's not just about the world-famous events of the amazing ditching on the Hudson River - it goes far, far beyond that.

Highest Duty is a portrait of an American life. Sully takes us on a tour encompassing his small-town upbringing, discussing his parents' instillation of strong, consistent values, discussing his early love affair with aviation, telling personal and touching stories of his family and his remarkable wife and partner Lorrie, covering his life-long focus on improving safety and reliability in aviation, and reviewing his observations about our nation's commercial aviation industry.

While one might reasonably wonder whether a formerly anonymous commercial pilot would have a compelling story to tell - a story that goes beyond the brief flight over the Hudson River - the engaging pages of Highest Duty make it clear that Sully's story is engaging, gripping, and filled with lessons for us all.
Sully and his Co-author did a good job writing this book. This is a book that is not just about Airplanes and Piloting. It is a book that is not just about the Miracle On The Hudson Flight. This is an Autobiography in it's purest form and a very honest Autobiography at that. In it Sully reveals the makings of a Pilot,Father, Husband and United States Citizen. He is at times almost too personal about his Family and his everyday family life. This coming from a man that is basically a very private humble non-extroverted person it is truly remarkable and revealing. I am a pilot also and when I first opened the book I thought that was all the book was going to be about. A few pages in I knew I was reading an autobiography and not just an Aviation book. If you want to know just about the Miracle On The Hudson flight there are other books you might want to read first. If you want to know how Sully evolved into the amazing Human Being that landed a huge Airliner on the Hudson River without loss of live or major injury to any of his passengers this is the book you should read. Like all well written Autobiographies you come away from having read with the feeling you personally know this person named Sully Sullenberger. That is the highest complement that can be paid to any autobiography.
This is an awesome story and awesome man who gives credit to his crew and even to the man that taught him to fly when he was 16 years old. I hope the movie that is coming out, based on his book will be a credit to home and his crew, and the families involved.
A great book, a great read, a great example of a person who, though he does not consider himself a hero, I have no doubt in my mind that he really is one.
In this book, Sully tells us about how without knowing, he prepared throughout his life for this ditching in the Hudson River.
He is a true professional and his greatest virtue is being humble.
I highly recommend this book!
I had a hard time putting this book down. Sully is a humble but inspiring man, thrust into the spotlight, not by his own accord but by circumstance. Handling both the Hudson landing and the newly acquired media attention presented separate but equally challenging obstacles, and sully handles both with humility and class.
Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters download epub
Author: Captain Chesley B Sullenberger III,Jeffrey Zaslow
ISBN: 0061924687
Category: Engineering & Transportation
Subcategory: Transportation
Language: English
Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (October 13, 2009)
Pages: 352 pages