Tina Jordan
October 09, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters

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Chesley B. Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow
William Morrow
Nonfiction, Memoir

We gave it a C

I have nothing but admiration for Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot whose consummate skill and steely nerves enabled him to land a crippled US Airways jet in the Hudson River last January. But I don’t have many nice things to say about his drearily written book, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. The first two-thirds are classic memoir, about family, education, and the Air Force; only the last 100 pages deal with the Hudson River landing. Anyone interested in a fresh take on the crash should wait for journalist William Langewiesche’s Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson, due out next month. C

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