Miracle on the Hudson: The Extraordinary Real-Life Story Behind Flight 1549, by the Survivors

Miracle on the Hudson: The Extraordinary Real-Life Story Behind Flight 1549, by the Survivors

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Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549 Tell Their Extraordinary Stories of Courage, Faith, and Determination 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JSMReferee More than 1 year ago
This was not a bad attempt but not what I look for in a true "adventure" offering. Maybe too many "authors" competing for the story caused the work to be somewhat diluted (in my opinion). Would like to have read more of the technical aspects of the feat and that requires the crew. Personal stories of the survivors are interesting (for the most part) but this is far from the whole story. Maybe I have to read the Captain S's story but that requires additional expenditure and I suspect the "whole story" will be absent again.
James_Candorst More than 1 year ago
I read a condensation of "Miracle on the Hudson" in USA Today. It was just a superb action story. Then I went to half the bookstores in town and couldn't find it. And I haven't heard a word about it since. How do you figure? Somebody, including both the publisher and the media, just dropped the ball. You can bet some Hollywood producer will find it and run. This is a nuanced, real-life nonfiction story that reads like a contemporary action novel. I don't think I've ever read a book like this. With the passengers baring their souls and their fears, the writers wove the real story of what it must be like to be inside a doomed, crashing airplane. Despite the gush of publicity last year, this is all new because somebody finally put the whole inside-the-airplane story together. It's touching. It's tearful. It's like no airplane drama I ever read. And it's redemptive. Where do you get characters like these except in real life: A successful businessman, one of those 100,000-mile fliers, sitting at a window seat next to a terrified mother holding a 9-month-old baby. He has already written himself off as dead. But he spends his "last minutes" calming the mother. Later, he admits, "I was pathologically lying the whole time." A husky ex-combat Marine who has to assure his seatmate she is not in heaven (and he is not an angel) after the crash landing and he is trying to move her toward an escape door. Later he uses gyrene-taught rescue techniques to pull one passenger after another out of the freezing river. An 85-year-old grandmother who can barely walk who tells her daughter to just leave her behind after the crash with water flooding into the plane and the aisles jammed. A captain in the Army Airborne who just took his platoon through 15 months of Afghan combat without a death now agonizing because there is nothing he can do to get the woman next to him, his fiance, through this short flight. A man, after hearing Sullenberger announce "Brace for Impact," asks himself, "How do you brace for death?" One of the remarkable things about "Miracle on the Hudson" is that the three crucial minutes after the geese strike the plane and before the plane strikes the Hudson are carried through seven or eight chapters because the authors are able to weave in and out of the minds and souls of the 100-plus very different passengers they interviewed. Sullenberger is a true modern hero and every time he hiccuped he got more publicity and sold more copies of a decent but average book. Apparently, the survivors of the flight formed a limited corporation, agreed they wanted a warts-and-all story done. They found a publisher and writers to get their inside-the-airplane story told. They missed on one choice. My recommendation: Buy the book anyway before they stop printing them. This kind of story doesn't come much better. James Candorst
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent in the fact that it really helped you understand what these survivors went through in this extremely scary situation. The media made the Miracle on the Hudson look like it was just a rough landing that happened to take place on the water, when in fact, it truly was a plane crash that was filled with miracles from every aspect. The survivors of flight 1549 faced death several times in a very small amount of time and the book helped us live through it with them. It is a must read and helps us remember that God is still very active in our lives, no matter your religious beliefs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omy my goodness this is a true miracle indeed. I knew someone on that plane!!!!!
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Collector-of-Fine-Books More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book which tells the passengers' stories. Highly Recommended reading.
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I WAS IN BRONX, NEW YORK THAT DAY THE AIRCRAFT PASSED ON TOP OF THE 3RD AVE AND 149 ST. ALL THE LAGAURDIA TRAFFIC PASS FROM TOP OF THIS POSITION. I AM AN EX AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER AND NATURALLY THIS KIND OF INCIDENT GET MY IMMIDIATE ATTENTION. I WAS LISTENING TO 1010 WINS RADIO AND HEARED EVRY THING MINUTE BY MINUTE LIVE ON RADIO. THE AUTHOR MENTIONED EVERYTHING IN PERFACTLY NATURAL STYLE .READING THE BOOK I FEEL THE SAME WAY I FELT ON THE DAY WHEN THE WHOLE INCIDENT HAPPENED AND THAN TURNED INTO A MIRACLE.
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SDP-712 More than 1 year ago
I thought I knew this story since it was impossible to miss in the news earlier this year, but I was mistaken. It's absolutley fascinating to read this minute by minute account and understand what was happening inside the aircraft. We have certainly heard Sully's account of what happened that day, but I had no idea how much fear and drama unfolded and how that has impacted the survivor's lives since. This book is an account of the passengers as told to the writers; they all sat for interviews. I thought I was picking up a book that would have each one of them recounting their thoughts and recollections and then how it has changed their lives and persepctives. I'm so pleased that it was NOT as that would become a bit tedious and perhaps dull! There was a little bit of that at the end, but overall this was more like a novel; a real story. A few characters really stood out for me and I'd like to read it again to follow them more closely. I would recoomend this and I'm pretty amazed how they were able to get this pulled together with so many of the survivors involved. I think there were about 125 that are part of the book. My hearts go out to all of them as they were certain they were all going to die that day. Thank God they did not and can live to see their families and tell the story. Of course, a big round of applause for Sully and the crew or they would be here to write this book.
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