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The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland (original 2002; edição 2003)

por Jim DeFede (Autor)

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The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway's Smash Hit Musical Come from Away 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 overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news. Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.… (mais)
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Título:The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
Autores:Jim DeFede (Autor)
Informação:Regan Books (2003), Edition: Reprint, 244 pages
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The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland por Jim Defede (2002)

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What a day that was.

I remember getting up and, completely against type, just happened to turn the television on. And then my world—everyone's world—changed. My kids had already been dropped off at daycare and school, and all I wanted to do was hold them close.

There's millions of stories of that day and its aftermath, but there's two that I want to highlight, as they both pertain to this book.

The first is, at the time, I worked in a call centre for a Canadian mobile phone company. Now, everyone knows, if you call 611 on your cell phone, you'll get your provider. Except on that day. On that day, an American passenger on a plane grounded in Gander that had been bound for New York was frantically trying to reach his family to let them know he was okay. Like almost everyone that day, he couldn't get through, because the phone lines were jammed. In desperation, he called 611, hoping to get his American provider. Instead, somehow, his call came into our Toronto-based call centre.

The agent that took the call listened to his story. He begged her to try and contact his family and, if successful, could she connect the two of them? She was able to, and she did connect them. She then told the man she would now disconnect and back out of the call, but he asked her if she could stay online, because he'd been the only one to successfully connect to anyone. He told her after he'd talked to his family, if it was okay with her, he would pass the phone down the plane so she could try to connect other families. Of course she agreed, and for the next few hours, without taking a break, she listened as each family found out their loved ones were safe. She cried through every one. Virtually no one knows that our centre did that, that our rep did that. The company never tried to capitalize on it, it was just one of the many wonderful things that happened on that terrible day.

I mention this because I firmly believe that it was this situation that was mentioned at one point in this book.

The second story I wanted to mention was, that after taking all those flights that America refused to allow into their country, Canada considering the safety of those people on board more important than the possible danger, who was it that President George W. Bush thanked later that day (or the next, can't remember anymore)? He thanked Britain. No mention of Canada.

I mention this, because I hope this book goes a long way toward correcting that oversight.

As for this book, Defede has done a great job (as far as I can tell) of showing the generosity of Canadians in general, and Newfoundlanders specifically. I know many from that region and, to a person, every single one of them is just as friendly and generous as those portrayed in this book.

I found myself choked up so many times as I read of both the hardships, the losses, but also the kindnesses and the wonderful moments everyone experienced through those days they called Gander their temporary home.

While this entire situation was spawned through the hateful actions of a few terrible people, this book shows that there's also a lot of love out there to counteract all that hate.

And, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
An amazing story, an amazing book. I've known of this story, but never read the book. I was thrilled to receive a copy from the publisher as they honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 events. In this edition of the book there was a fairly lengthy afterword that provided an update on many of the main "characters" 20 years later. As I had gotten very invested in their lives during their 4-5 days in Gander, I was so happy to follow-up with them years later. ( )
  julesbailey9 | Sep 1, 2021 |
Why I bailed - Kinda boring.
  Jinjer | Jul 19, 2021 |
I'm reading this for our very first ever neighborhood book club. ( )
  ltrahms | Jul 13, 2021 |
This is the story of the 38 aircraft, and over 6000 passengers, that were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland and the surrounding towns in Canada when airspace over the US was closed on 9/11. After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and the downing of the airplane in Pennsylvania, hundreds of international flights suddenly had to find somewhere else to land. Those that hadn’t hit the halfway point merely turned back to their point of origin, but the remainder had to continue on to elsewhere, somewhere, anywhere.

The Canadian Air Transport Control quickly organized and diverted over 230 aircraft to 17 Canadian airports. In a nerve-wracking, but exciting read, we learn civilian and wide-body passenger airplanes were entering Canadian airspace at the rate of 1-2 planes per minute. Pilots were advised of the crowding over airspace and to pay attention to their proximity alerts and keep a visual eye out.

Canadian authorities dubbed this “Operation Yellow Ribbon.” Once planes were on the ground, they had to screen passengers, provide transportation to shelter, make food and medications available, and maintain security in the event other terrorists were still hidden on incoming flights.

Over 6000 passengers doubled the population of the Gander area. The book followed several passengers and “Newfies” (those living in Newfoundland) as they dealt with the horrendous events of 9/11 and the logistics of caring for so many visitors. One family had a son in the fire department that serviced the Twin Towers and they were awaiting word on his whereabouts. Two families were returning with adopted children. A few Orthodox Jews required kosher food. Several families didn’t speak English. Animals were in the cargo bays and needed tending. Yet the locals opened their homes and did everything they could to assist.

I discovered this book, in early October, in a manner like I do so many others – someone returned it to the library for check-in and it caught my eye. I had read several anecdotes on this topic that were posted on Facebook and was pleased to learn a book had been written, and that the stories were true (a scholarship fund really has been setup for the area students). This is a heartwarming, poignant, at times sad, other times humorous tale of strangers helping strangers.

The Broadway musical, "Come From Away," is based on this book. Heartily recommend the book, the musical, and the original Broadway soundtrack.
  Chark | Jun 8, 2021 |
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It's difficult to find fault with a book so earnestly dedicated to showing us that compassion and generosity are not just myths from days past, and neither is the kind of modesty demonstrated by the citizens of Gander, who never wanted nor expected nor asked for any recognition or accolades. Instead, they set a standard to which the rest of us should aspire to reach.
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The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway's Smash Hit Musical Come from Away 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 overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill. As the passengers stepped from the airplanes, exhausted, hungry and distraught after being held on board for nearly 24 hours while security checked all of the baggage, they were greeted with a feast prepared by the townspeople. Local bus drivers who had been on strike came off the picket lines to transport the passengers to the various shelters set up in local schools and churches. Linens and toiletries were bought and donated. A middle school provided showers, as well as access to computers, email, and televisions, allowing the passengers to stay in touch with family and follow the news. Over the course of those four days, many of the passengers developed friendships with Gander residents that they expect to last a lifetime. As a show of thanks, scholarship funds for the children of Gander have been formed and donations have been made to provide new computers for the schools. This book recounts the inspiring story of the residents of Gander, Canada, whose acts of kindness have touched the lives of thousands of people and been an example of humanity and goodwill.

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