Thursday, October 22, 2009

HIGHEST DUTY: PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

GIVEAWAY ENDED
HIGHEST DUTY

BY
CAPT. CHESLEY B. SULLENBERGER
AND JEFFREY ZASLOW


ABOUT THE BOOK:

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.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger became a nationally known figure on January 15, 2009, when he successfully landed a severely damaged US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. Highest Duty, written with Jeffrey Zaslow—co-author, with Randy Pausch of the New York Times bestseller The Last Lecture—is much more than the account of an extraordinary rescue, it’s the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of the decade. Highest Duty, Sullenberger’s fascinating account of his life, the landing, and his insights on leadership, responsibility, and service, ranks high among other bestselling autobiographies of national heroes, from Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf to Michael J. Fox.

Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger III is an airline pilot and safety expert, and has served as an instructor and an Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) safety chairman and accident investigator. He was named the Outstanding Cadet in Airmanship in his graduating class at the United States Air Force Academy, and he holds two master's degrees. A native of Denison, Texas, he lives in Danville, California, with his wife and family.

Jeffrey Zaslow is a Wall Street Journal columnist and, with Randy Pausch, coauthor of the number one international bestseller The Last Lecture, which has now been translated into 46 languages. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship. Zaslow lives in suburban Detroit with his wife, Sherry, and daughters Jordan, Alex, and Eden.
GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO SHAWN AT HARPER COLLINS
I HAVE FIVE COPIES OF THIS
AMAZING BOOK TO GIVE AWAY.

RULES

--U.S. Residents Only

--No P.O. Boxes, Please
--Email address must be in your comment
--ALL comments must be separate to count
or they will count as one instead of possibly two.

HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: Comment and name a person you have read about, or perhaps know, who did a heroic thing in their lifetime

+1 MORE ENTRY: Blog or Tweet about this giveaway and leave link in your comment!

+1 MORE ENTRY: Follow on Google Connect (see left hand sidebar) or tell me how you do follow

+1 MORE ENTRY:
Watch for my review and come back an leave a comment for the BONUS ENTRY

DEADLINE TO ENTER IS

6 PM, EST, NOVEMBER 8


GOOD LUCK!

28 comments:

Bethie said...

Please enter me. Thanks for the chance. I read the Horse Boy. The father was very heroic in helping his son with a disability.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Bethie said...

+1 I follow.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

All those young people who go off to Iraq and Afghanistan are pretty heroic!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I follow on Google Connect and Google Reader.

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

I think all the soldiers defending our country are heroic!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom said...

I follow

holdenj said...

I must have The Help on the brain, but sometimes it is the ordinary person who becomes a hero. Someone like Rosa Parks, who showed a great deal of courage and grace in the face of segregation.

JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

holdenj said...

I follow through Google Friend Connect!.

JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

rubynreba said...

I would pick my husband. He served in the Marines in Viet Nam and was a tank commander. The tank was destroyed, he was wounded and spent a year in the hospital. He is my hero.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

rubynreba said...

I follow on google.
pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

thetruebookaddict said...

No need to enter me. I just wanted to stop by and drop off your award:

http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com/2009/10/awards-part-one.html

Anonymous said...

My dad did. He was in WWII and got the Purple Heart Medal for a heroic act.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

etirv said...

I think Matty Stepanek was a heroic boy, loved his poems!

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etirv said...

Follower!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I saw a father in the paper today who was willing to live in a storage unit to keep a roof over the head of his children.
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Anonymous said...

I follow by checking your site frequently!

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g.g. said...

I think I learn about a hero every day when they sadly announce another young man or woman we have lost in a senseless way in Afghanistan, Iraq or any place our troops are in danger fighting for us.

Please enter me so I can read about this hero.

anjamie4 (at) gmail (DOT) com

g.g. said...

I follow on Google Friend Connect.

anjamie4 (at) gmail (DOT) com

catss99 said...

I know several boys who have served in iraq and afghanistan
amanda
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Lauri Crumley Coates said...

I follow thru my blog, crazypsychobooklover; and also have you on my google reader. Just discovered your blog, and it's really great! I am totally new to blogging, and can learn a lot from you.
crazypsychobooklover@charter.net

Lauri Crumley Coates said...

I think as far as heroes go, right now the biggest heroes here in the US have to be our troops, put into harm's way on a regular basis.
crazypsychobooklover@charter.net

Anonymous said...

Please enter me. Thanks. Can't wait to read - my husband will like it to.

yvonne (at) ellenberglaw (dot) net

Glenn said...

Through friends we know an extended member of their family who gave his life in Iraq - trained as an army sniper and was killed just 3 weeks into a second tour of duty in May 2007.

Thanks for the giveaway.

glenn_pessano AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous said...

I follow on Google Connect.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cindy said...

One that comes to mind right now is the female police officer who shot and stopped the shooter at Fort Hood this week, even though she was shot herself. By her fast and heroic actions, she saved the lives of many others.

I have a lot of admiration for Captain Sully. This story is so heartwarming and I would love to read more about it. I would love to win a copy of this book!

Thank you for a great blog and really great giveaways, Bingo!

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I follow your blog on Google.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I follow you on Twitter. My username is Soccermom213 and I tweet about your blog and giveaways.

I tweeted this morning about your blog and will do so again this afternoon.

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com

Cindy said...

I read your review and it just makes me want to read this book even more, if that is possible! I have a lot of admiration for this pilot and think he is a great guy. I like the way the book tells about his life, including the tragic time that he went through when his dad committed suicide. I also cannot wait to read the details about what happened during that miraculous landing. I remember watching it on the news as it happened.

I also like the fact that Captain Sully grew up in Texas!!

Cindy
Socmom213@aol.com







Thanks for a very interesting review of what I think will be a great read!

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