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Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Mattered | [Chesley B. Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow]

Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Mattered

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.
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This inspiring book tells the story of U.S. Airways pilot Captain "Sully" Sullenberger. Listeners hear not just of his emergency landing on the Hudson but of the life events that prepared him for that moment. As the author himself says, "My entire life led me safely to that river." Michael McConnohie's steady, matter-of-fact narration is very much in keeping with Sully's own character. McConnohie captures the author's refreshingly modest tone as he conveys his life story. Anecdotes about how he learned to fly as a teen, his years in the Air Force, his life as husband and father all build to create a sense of the qualities - hard work, perseverance, passion - that equipped Sully for his calmly heroic act.

Publisher's Summary

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 40 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...

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©2009 Chesley Sullenberger III; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 11-21-09
    Robert pleasanton, CA, United States 11-21-09 Member Since 2005
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    "A life time of preperation"

    Captain Sullenberger prepared his whole flying career, as a teenager in Texas, to the Airforce Academy, and as a Commercial Airline Pilot for US Airways for the landing on the Hudson. Scully give us an insite into his life as an aviator, who's everyday life is very much like any of ours with the same daily challenges. How he handle a potential disaster of Flight 1547 and how his life was changed for not only him, but his family and crew was a very interesting and pleasant read. Ordinary people doing extronary things.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Murrayville, GA, United States 12-12-11
    Daniel Murrayville, GA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    What did you love best about Highest Duty?

    Well told story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Written by someone who knows aviation.


    What about Michael McConnohie and Chesley B. Sullenberger ’s performance did you like?

    Very well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    sure, if one only had time.


    Any additional comments?

    As a retired US Airways pilot myself,having flown that aircraft and airport many times, appreciated the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-23-10
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-23-10 Member Since 2008
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    "An ordinary life turned quite exciting"

    Much of this book could be any reader's story. Growing up middle class, family projects and trips, dating, marraige, children, a hobby, and a job. However, Capt. Sully earned the right to share his story with us after doing something most readers would not be able to do: stay calm and save 150 lives when tragedy struck. His first officer's role cannot be underestimated. This is a coaching manual for anyone working on teams who seek excellence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Nor Cal 06-30-14
    Chris Nor Cal 06-30-14 Member Since 2014

    If you see a BMW motorcycle cruising down the road, you can be assured I'm listening to a book from Audible!

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    "Hats off to Captain Sullenberger"

    Captain Sullenberger is a shining example of what all should strive to become like....professional in his duties, attention to detail, and never complacent. Great book, great information, highly informative and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Denver, Colorado, United States 11-12-12
    Douglas Denver, Colorado, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun read for everyone... especially pilots"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Obama should read this. No time for blame. Just EXPERIENCED action. Stop blaming other people and get 'er done!


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be a "self help" book in people living their lives. How many of us know people who constantly BLAME other people. The time lapse from hitting the birds to being in the Hudson was less than 4 minutes. Blaming the birds, blaming maintenance, blaming the engine manufacturer, blaming the control tower, ALL would not do a darn thing to fix the problem. This is when you have to prioritize and use EXPERIENCE. Pilots are trained to prioritize. Politicians are trained to sell HOPE and to push BLAME. We need a pilot to lead our country, not the piece of garbage we have now in the White House.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Eden Prairie, MN, United States 01-09-12
    Jay Eden Prairie, MN, United States 01-09-12

    Rain Monger

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    "OK Story...not what I expected"
    What did you like best about Highest Duty? What did you like least?

    I'm about 9 chapters into it and I'm finding that most of book is background on his life. Maybe I should have expected that, but I was hoping for more on the actual event. Maybe will come in later chapters. That said, as someone who has been on hundreds of flights it is an interesting insight into one of those people who we trust our lives to.


    Has Highest Duty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Michael McConnohie and Chesley B. Sullenberger ’s performance did you like?

    He's got a solid voice and has a good rythm.


    Was Highest Duty worth the listening time?

    It's taken me longer to get through this than other audio books I've downloaded. (i.e. I'm not MAKING the time to listen to it as often).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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