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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (Aug. 7 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060559713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060559717
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Mathews on Sept. 17 2002
Format: Hardcover
It's hard to believe that anything written about the events of September 11, 2001, could be described as 'wonderful' but Miami Herald columnist Jim DeFede has penned a book that is all that and more.
'The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland' describes what happened when more than 250 aircraft, prohibited from entering U.S. airspace due to the terrorist attacks, were diverted to Canadian airports. Of those, 38 planes bearing 6,595 passengers landed in Gander, Newfoundland, a town with a population of barely 10,000. What happened next goes a very long way to restore the faith in humanity that was shaken by the terrorists. Without exception, the residents of Gander (They call themselves 'Newfies') opened their doors to welcome the unexpected refugees and poured out such warmth and compassion that one passenger later remarked, "I was on a flight from London to New York and landed in Heaven."
Schools were closed to provide space for shelters. Residents took the sheets and blankets off their own beds to deliver to the passengers and stayed up all night to feed and welcome then when they finally were able to get off the planes. Locals approached 'plane people' in the street and invited them into their homes to shower. Pharmacists made thousands of calls worldwide to verify prescriptions and then filled them for free. Shop owners gave away their stock to those in need and, when they ran out, bought more from the competition and gave that away as well. The events described in this book will make you either proud to be a Canadian or regretful that you aren't.
DeFede skillfully blends the tragic and the comic. One moment Gander's residents are compassionately providing around-the-clock care and companionship to the mother of a missing New York firefighter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erilyn on Dec 24 2007
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With all the horrors that took place on September 11th, this book shows the good that took place as well. Some parts are even laugh-out-loud funny - I drew several strange looks from my husband whenever I chuckled - who knew one could be reading a book about 9/11 and laughing? I grew up in Newfoundland myself and know first hand the kind of people who live there. Newfies are a shining example to the rest of the world how one does not need materialistic wealth in order to be generous - just a kind and loving heart. This is a truly amazing story that everyone should read, if only to be reminded of the goodness that people are capable of in even the darkest hours.

Now I wish Defede would write a sequel - since it has been five years since this book was published, I'd like to know how everyone is doing now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mick on June 19 2004
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Having only recently been given this book it brought back to me those few days I spent in a remote but truly wonderful town. I was on American Airlines flight 101 from Heathrow to JFK and was diverted to Gander that morning. To say I met some of the most amazing people ever would be an understatement. My friend and I were looked after so well. A woman took us to her home so I could call my parents, another took us to her home to shower. Those I remember most fondly are Doug Brittain & his wife who took us into their home to sleep. Amazing people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Loper on Sept. 5 2002
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A light during a time of darkness. When a small town opened its doors and its heart to the passengers stranded when the United States closed its airspace. During a time of utter uncertainty, the residents of Gander, Newfoundland were giving tours, cooking, providing warm showers...in essence, the people of Gander were treating complete strangers as family. Friendships were made and the makings of a great story were formed. Jim Defede did an excellent job capturing the soul of Gander in this book and as a passenger that was stranded...I can say that in a time of extreme uncertainty...Gander rose up and made us all proud to be Canada's neighbor. Read this book. We could all learn a valuable lesson from it. During a time of "good vs. evil", Gander fought the silent fight and made 'good' the victor.
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Anyone who wants to know who and what Newfoundlanders are really made of needs to read this book.
All others must read this book to understand what real people act like so that they have a standard to follow.
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By C. Jones TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 30 2014
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I bought this book for my husband. He read it and loved it so I read it too. It gives a great insight into what a small community faced having hundreds of people descend on their town because the airways were shut down on 9/11. Highly recommended.
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By Jackie on April 16 2014
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The book was excellent and well written. It was nice to read some of the personal stories of the people who were stranded and of those who helped them through a trying time. "Yea East Coasters"
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By Stewme on April 2 2014
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After reading other reviews my expectations were high, and the book possibly didn't quite meet those expectations, but it was still a great read. Like others said, a map or illustration of the area would have been nice.
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