- Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; First Edition in Paperback edition (28 Nov. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060559713
- ISBN-13: 978-0060559717
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Day the World Came to Town Paperback – 28 Nov 2003
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Day the World Came to Town
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The writing is easy to follow and will give yo a sense of proximity to the stories depicted.
I surely would like to visit Newfoundland and take a taste of the welcoming qualities of its people.
Gander turned out to be a strategic location – once the 2 planes hit the Twin Towers, the US authorities quickly shut down US airspace. That meant 100s of planes in the air had to either land immediately in the US, or else if they were over the Atlantic, decide to land in Canada or return to Europe. Over 30 planes landed in Gander that day, so nearly 10,000 unexpected visitors arriving in a small town of similar size. How do you feed these people? Where do they sleep? How long will they here?
What was great about this book – it’s not just about a tragic day in all our lives, but it plays out over a week after that infamous day. Both the residents of Gander who opened up their homes, schools and hearts to accommodate thousands of stranded passengers. People volunteered their time to help out, bakers made tons of bread, schools and gym halls opened up, locals donated blankets, food, toys.
I liked the mixed narrative of the book – it told the story from about 20-30 individual perspectives. From Lufthansa pilots, to air traffic controllers, to retired locals, to Texans returning from Russia after adopting a little girl, to an Irish lady returning from visiting family, to the CEO of Hugo Boss, to a US Army General who was responsible for security/intelligence in Europe. That day was a leveller – if you were in first class sipping champagne, or a jaded parent with kids, you were all treated the same when you landed in Gander. No time for deference or preferential treatment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. Hart warming to know people just do what's in there heart.Published 7 months ago by hazel
Read this with only a dinner break. Could not put it down. Absolutely one of the most riveting accounts I have read.
Restores ones faith in humanity.
A really good read. I have connections to a UK company who lost lives at 9/11Published 14 months ago by Lesley Richardson
Very educational, and thought provoking, tells the story of 9/11 from the perspective of the folks receiving aeroplanes full of people diverted.
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This book is an amazing read about something that actually happenedPublished 14 months ago by pinkymews
liked the way it was written It gave me another way to think about what happened that day l really liked the way one lady thought about the animals
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