Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Highest Duty by Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger: “As dramatic as it is inspirational.”*

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, 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.

Until now, few have known the story of this remarkable, yet reluctant, public figure. In Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters, the author shares his thoughts on leadership, responsibility, and commitment to hard work – the traditional American values that have made him who he is. Though his account of his life and the events of January 15th are truly remarkable, Captain Sullenberger’s tone throughout the book is humble and relatable.

Many of the themes that make Captain Sullenberger’s story so riveting are those that make for good freshman reading as well: his historical water landing is a sensational story that everyone can connect with, while at the same time being a classic example of hard work and dedication. Highest Duty, co-authored with Jeffery Zaslow, is a mix of biography and heartfelt advice in the same vein as The Last Lecture, which Zaslow also helped pen.

If you would like to consider this book for one of your classes, please order an examination copy. If you have already assigned the book as required reading, please order a complimentary desk copy.

*Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

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