Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters

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  • Edition: Large
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-13
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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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 forty 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 perform extraordinary acts.

Author Biography

Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III is an airline pilot and safety expert and has served as an instructor and as an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) safety chairman and accident investigator. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and holds two masters degrees. He lives in Danville, California. Jeffrey Zaslow is a Wall Street Journal columnist, coauthor with Randy, Pausch of the #1 international bestseller. The $ Lecture, and author of the New York Times bestseller The $ from Ames.

Table of Contents

A Flight You'd Never Forgetp. 1
A Pilot's Lifep. 20
Those Who Came Before Mep. 46
"Measure Twice, Cut Once"p. 60
The Gift of Girlsp. 79
Fast, Neat, Averagep. 105
Long-term Optimist, Short-term Realistp. 128
This Is the Captain Speakingp. 158
Showing Up for Lifep. 181
Anything Is Possiblep. 203
Managing the Situationp. 220
The View from Abovep. 235
Sudden, Complete, Symmetricalp. 251
Gravityp. 270
One Hundred Fifty-fivep. 292
Stories Heard, Lives Touchedp. 316
A Wild Ridep. 333
Homep. 351
The Questionp. 371
Acknowledgmentsp. 387
Flight Path of Flight 1549, January 15, 2009p. 393
National Transportation Safety Board Cockpit Voice Recorder Transcript Excerptp. 395
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