Reclaiming the Sky: 9/11 and the Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying

Reclaiming the Sky: 9/11 and the Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying

by Tom Murphy
     
 

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"When asked about the death toll from the September 11th attacks, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani stated simply and eloquently that the number would likely be ""more than any of us can bear."" He was right, of course. Yet often obscured in that inconceivable number is the fact that among those who died, as

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"When asked about the death toll from the September 11th attacks, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani stated simply and eloquently that the number would likely be ""more than any of us can bear."" He was right, of course. Yet often obscured in that inconceivable number is the fact that among those who died, as well as those who lived and continue to live, were many thousands of aviation professionals with names, families, lives, and individual experiences that are an important part of the 9/11 story.

Some five years later, these stories are being told for the first time in Reclaiming the Sky.

In the pages of this book, you will meet some of the people whose hard work propels a critical social and economic force -- the aviation industry -- and who on the morning of September 11th, were suddenly thrust into front-line positions in the battle to put our nation back on its feet. For many of these men and women and their families, the pain and after-effects of 9/11 are exceptionally acute, but their stories will serve as touchpoints for the thousands of people whose journey to closure is still ongoing.

This powerful and ultimately uplifting book not only honors the heroes of September 11th, it also offers common ground to those in search of meaning and purpose in a changed world -- both in and outside of the air travel industry -- and gives Americans in all walks of life something they still seek five years after 9/11: the courage and strength to move forward."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

If you’ve worked for an airline in any capacity[…] you owe it to yourself to pick up this book.

-Aviation for Women

“A must-have for current events fans.”

-Black Men magazine

"... a great moving story about the aviation professionals whose sacrifice and service... have been previously overlooked.”

-In Flight USA

“…a fascinating addition to the growing literature spawned by 9/11.”

-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Murphy’s work is a great and moving story about the aviation professionals whose sacrifice and service as a result of the events and aftermath of Sept. 11 have been previously overlooked.”

-In Flight USA Magazine

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
...a fascinating addition to the growing literature spawned by 9/11.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814409091
Publisher:
AMACOM Books
Publication date:
09/05/2006
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,184,916
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

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"""I covered the awful World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 and haven't been on an airplane since. But after reading Tom Murphy's beautifully written, and powerfully told tale of the daily courage of those who keep America airborne I want to run for the boarding gate. Reclaiming the Sky is a compelling, economical and important book about those unsung men and women who have the right stuff in a dark time.""

-- Denis Hamill, New York Daily News columnist and author of Fork in the Road and Ten Spot

""The myth of our separateness in this life is pervasive, but it is never more a myth than when applied to the community of people who work in and around the great air transportation system of the United States. While 9/11 was a Pearl Harbor-class attack on our nation, it was an even more grievous attack on the aviation community, and the extreme pain and post traumatic stress radiating in all directions and affecting so many -- friends, family, kindred workers, and those who we knew only by association -- has vibrated silently, until now. Reclaiming the Sky is an important work of compassion and connectedness, a reaffirmation of the human spirit and the determination that kept an industry of great passion alive in its darkest hour.""

-- John J. Nance, Veteran Airline Captain for Alaska Airlines and Braniff Airlines, and NY Times bestselling author of many books, including Orbit, Pandor’s Clock, and Medusa’s Child

""A fitting tribute to the quiet heroes who helped get this country started again after it was so abruptly stopped on 9/11.""

-- Doug McCormick, former President of iVillage and Lifetime Television

""Reclaiming the Sky is filled with good stories I had not heard and things I did not know. It should be required reading for anyone who is serious about defending America.""

-- John Westermann, ex-cop, author of Exit Wounds"

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