The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of U.S. airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an over ...more
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One stranded couple DeFede follows had a family member who was t ...more
Everyone should read this book. No, seriously. DeFede is such a fantastic journalist and a fantastic writer. As someone who personally leans more toward fiction than nonfiction, I don't think I could have read this entire book without someone like DeFede weaving creativity and passion throughout the pages. A+ job, man.
Aside from the fact that it was a quick and simple read (I read it in a matter of hours while sitting at my desk at work), the story itself is pretty damn unbelievable ...more
The only thing that kept me from rating this higher was the lack (?) of proofreading and fact checking. I can only assume that since this was published days before the one year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America that there was a rush to get this on the booksellers' shelves.
Examples (some, at least in my eyes, very glaring):
- the author discusses the Gander tragedy that occurred in December 1985. This involved the members of the 101st Airborne, headquarte ...more
I saw "Come From Away" in NYC last month, the musical about the 38 planes that were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11, and I immediately googled to see if there was a book about it. There is, this one, although it's missing some of the stories the playwrights found in their series of interviews on which they based the play (in particular the story of C ...more
This is a book of oral history, researched and written shortly after 9/11. It takes talent, albeit of a pa ...more
September 11, 2001 - 38 planes of people landed in Gander, Newfoundland.
All the news coverage repeatedly showing the nightmare of 9-11 and not once did I see or remember anything about Gander and "the nicest people in the world." If you must be stranded somewhere, Gander is the place to be.
So many personal stories of interest are depicted here as the passengers and animals are welcomed with open arms and hearts after long 24 hour wait times on board.
These people are a wonder!!!...more
And then there's Gander. And 911. And hope just got an I-V infusion that plumped her right up. I love Canadians. I already knew that, having ...more
On 9/11/01, after four commercial planes were used as weapons by terrorists and were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, the airspace over the US was shut down. Planes already in the air had to find the nearest airport and land. Immediately. Planes coming in from other countries were redirected to Canadian airports. 38 planes landed at a small airport in Gander, Newfoundland, depositing 6,597 people in a town that had barely 10,000 ...more
“Despite the risks, Canada didn’t hesitate to accept the orphaned planes.”
Feel good story of the decade!
On 9/11, when the United States closed its airspace, the danger posed by the passengers, and the responsibility for their lives, was deflected to Canada.
The stories from Gander are the best of human kindness. Jim DeFede has gathered the warmth, humor, pain, and generosity of a remarkable moment in history.
Everyone should read this book.
*audible note: I enjoyed the st ...more
The Day the World Came to Town records some of the remarkable but lesser known stories of 9/11 and shows how a community formed in the spirit of simple humanity does not exclude or reject people based on ...more
For the better part of a week, nearly every man, woman and child in Gander and the surrounding smaller towns-places with names like Gambo, Appleton, Lewisport and Norris Arms -stopped what they were doing so they could help. They placed their lives on hold for a grou ...more
But the book: On 9/11 right after the Twin Towers were hit, the United States closed its airspace. You may remember. I forgot that part. All aircraft headed for the US from other ...more
All of the incoming flights had to be diverted elsewhere. A total of 252 incoming flights were diverted to Canada. Canadian ...more
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