Hudson Miracle Dispute

First there was Captain Chesley Sullenberger’s autobiography, Highest Duty, with his account of the miraculous landing on the Hudson that brought him to fame. In it, Sullenberger says, as he has from the beginning, that credit for the feat should not go to him alone, but to the teamwork of everyone involved.

Now comes a different take. In the book, Fly By Wire, William Langewiesche says there’s another member of the team that hasn’t received the credit it deserves; the Airbus’s automation system.

Sullenberger recently shot back, saying that Langewiesche “greatly overstates” the importance of the plane’s equipment.

Library users are with Sullenberger; holds are much higher for his book than Langewiesche’s, as are number of copies.

Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters
Chesley B. Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow
Retail Price: $25.99
Roughcut: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061924687 / 9780061924682

HarperAudio, 9780061953255, UNAB. $39.99
HarperLuxe, 9780061927584, pbk, $25.99
Audio and eBook downloadable from OverDrive

Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson
William Langewiesche
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux – (2009-11-10)
ISBN / EAN: 0374157189 / 9780374157180

Tantor Audio available 12/21/09. Read by David Drummond

  • 5 Audio CDs (Retail Pkg); 9781400115464; $29.99
  • 5 Audio CDs (Library  Pkg) : 9781400145461; $59.99
  • 1 Mp3-CD (Retail  Pkg); 9781400165469; $19.99

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