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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061924687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061924682
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed one of the most remarkable emergency landings in aviation history when Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the surface of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide. To Sullenberger, a calm, steady pilot with forty years of flying experience who is also a safety consulting expert, the landing was not a miracle but rather the result of years of practice and training-wisdom he gained in the cockpit of U.S. Air Force jets and in his Texas boyhood.

Born to a World War II veteran and dentist father and an elementary school teacher mother, Sully fell in love with planes early. He learned to fly as an eager 16-year-old from a crop duster, an older neighbor in north Texas, who took off and landed his fragile plane on the grass field behind his house. While Sully′s father encouraged his interest in flying, he also imparted stern advice he′d learned from his Navy service during World War II: a commander is responsible for everyone in his care-and those words have shaped Sully′s life and work and continue to guide him today.

HIGHEST DUTY reveals the important lessons Sully learned through childhood, in his military service, and in his work as a commercial airline pilot. At heart, it is a story of hope and preparedness-that life′s challenges can be met if we′re ready for them-reminding us that, even in these days filled with war, tragedy, and economic uncertainty, there are values still worth fighting for.

A few weeks after the crash, Sully discovered that he′d lost a library book about professional ethics, Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability, in the downed plane′s cargo hold. When he called the library to notify them, they waived the usual fees. Mayor Michael Bloomberg replaced the book when he gave Sully the Key to the City in a New York ceremony.

About the Author

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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Winston on Nov. 17 2009
Format: Hardcover
Finished the book in 2 sittings. Enjoyed it immensely and couldn't put it down. I have a lot of respect for Captain Sully and his family and his crew. They did an incredible job and saved a lot of lives. I am glad I could read this superb book. At times it makes you joyous and at times it makes you appreciate the little things that life throws at people. Captain Sully is a true American and a real hero, in my opinion. This book is simply his short/brief narrative of how his life has always been centered around caution, safety and avoiding life threatening risks. A life full of integrity and simplicity. An enjoyable read. It's an excellent book and I highly recommend it to aviation enthusiasts. 5/5
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By Kindle Customer on Sept. 14 2014
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I am a pilot and was fascinated by Sully's past experience with flying. However, I think this is a book that would appeal to everyone. The heroics he performed that fateful day were the culmination of a certain kind of mindset. I thoroughly enjoyed this book
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Must say it wasn't a page turner BUT a book that made me certainly have a closer look at my own professionalism. I'm therefore sure glad I read it, appreciate much of what Capt. Sullenberger has to say and have now passed this on to a friend who can certainly appreciate a constant theme in this book, be professional, be prepared!
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