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Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III has been dedicated to the pursuit of safety for his entire adult life. While he is best known for serving as Captain during what has been called the "Miracle on the Hudson," Sullenberger is a speaker, aviation safety expert, and accident investigator, serves as the CBS News Aviation and Safety Expert, and is the founder and chief executive officer of Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., a company dedicated to management, safety, performance, and reliability consulting. He lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeffrey Zaslow was a Wall Street Journal columnist, and, with Randy Pausch, coauthor of The Last Lecture, and the author of The Girls from Ames. Zaslow died in 2012 at the age of 53.

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Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger became a hero after landing a distressed U.S. Air plane on the surface of the Hudson River in New York City. His fascinating and deservedly praised memoir reflects on his childhood love for planes and an outstanding 42-year career as a pilot-as well as how he and his family coped with the onslaught of sudden celebrity. McConnohie does his level best to fill Sully's shoes and delivers a solid performance, but the real highlights are the portions of the text read by Sully himself, sounding as cool, calm, and collected as he was on that day in January 2009. An enhanced CD with the voice recorder transcript of the crash completes the package. A Morrow hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 19). (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

In January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing onto New York's Hudson River that astoundingly resulted in no deaths or major injuries. Although the landing took only minutes, the skills and experience essential to accomplishing it took the plane's pilot, Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, more than 40 years to develop. Together with Zaslow (coauthor, The Last Lecture), Sully here chronicles his life in a straightforward and detailed manner, saving specific details of the crash until the end. Actor/narrator Michael McConnohie (www.michaelmcconnohie.com) successfully portrays the seasoned pilot and reluctant hero, who reads selections of the text himself. Recommended for those inspired by Sully's feat as well as those interested in aviation. [Includes a cockpit voice recorder transcript of the crash.-Ed.]-Theresa Stoner, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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