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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (645 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chesley B. Sullenberger Narrator: Michael McConnohie, Chesley B. Sullenberger Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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... Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Libyrinths | 2/10/2014

    " Nice book, fast read. The pilot who successfully ditched in the Hudson, saving everyone on board, tells his background, and what he feels was important in enabling him to make the decision he did, and pull it off. He also makes it clear it wasn't his glider training which aided him, which was frequently cited after the incident. He said a glider and a large commercial plane are like night and day. He stresses the values he gained from his parents and from his military service in the Air Force are what formed him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lee | 1/13/2014

    " Surprisingly well written! I enjoyed the back and forth style of reading about Sully's life and training as a pilot mixed with accounts of what happened the day he landed the plane in the Hudson. And his writing style is engaging and easy to read--not awkward at all like some authors who are not used to writing. I also learned a tremendous amount about the commercial airline industry and flying that I never knew. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori | 1/13/2014

    " Capt. Sullenberger doesn't want to be classified as a hero, but he is! He was just doing his job, but he did so with professionalism, grace and a lifetime of practiced integrity! I was a bit surprised he never mentioned God, faith or divine help in his journey and overted disaster! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 1/9/2014

    " Learned some interesting info re airline industry that can be quite disturbing but really wanted this man to be my personal pilot for those 1 maybe 2 airplane rides that I take a year. "

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