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Summary

Perfect for fans of the 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.

©2002 Jim DeFede (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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well read well written

interesting piece of history idk about told with style and humour of a difficult subject. only issue was the very many obvious edits in narration, sometimes 2 or 3 sessions in one paragraph... minor gripe

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  • Rose
  • 18-08-17

Amazing

This book is a very good reminder of the good still left in the world in the mist of dark times. I made me cry in some parts. It reminded me of the historic day of 9/11 and the emotions is had build inside me as I watch things play out live on TV. We as the world are a community and we often for get it.

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  • Jen
  • 08-11-17

Humanity's Best

On the darkest of days shines a bright light.

Thank you, people of Gander, for bringing the best of humanity to the people stranded in your towns on 9/11.

Even this many years after 9/11/01, listening to this book brought back all of the memories of that terrible day. And while I had heard of the events in Gander, listening to the specifics - the logistics of landing all of those airplanes, housing and feeding thousands of people, giving ear to the pain and prayer for the lost - what an amazing people.

If you need a bit of encouragement, listen to The Day the World Came to Town.

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  • Ana
  • 27-10-17

MUST READ!

I started reading this because of the musical, Come From Away and I must say that this is fascinating! Everyone needs to hear this history, it's so unknown for such kindness. Proof that we can see the best of humanity even when it's showing it's worst.

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  • Kim Niemi Davidson
  • 27-10-17

Proof of kindness in an often harsh world

For fans of the musical Come From Away, this book is an excellent companion. There's enough of the musical story here to please, with enough extra material to keep it from feeling repetitive. The two are not exact replicas! It's fascinating to learn about all the logistics at play on that horrific day, and heartwarming to see yet another example of the capacity for human kindness that exists when tragedy strikes -- and the amazing community of kind people in Newfoundland in general. The narration is absolutely stellar. Ray Porter reads as if he's relaying his own personal story, with a richness of tone and expression unmatched by most general (as opposed to celebrity) narrators, in my opinion. This is a must listen!

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  • Justin Zehr
  • 13-10-17

excellent story!

I was hardly able to focus on anything else until this story was completed! The story was heartwarming indeed and was well read!

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  • Elizabeth M. Holbrook
  • 05-10-17

Reminds us that there are good prople

After seeing Come From Away i wanted to learn more about Gander. Such a wonderful telling of so many stories. Thank you

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  • Charlotte
  • 18-09-17

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A wonderful story recounting a horrific time in our history and the compassion that is within all of us.

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  • KathyJuli8
  • 10-09-17

A wonderful narrative.

I found this book after I had seen the Broadway show, Come From Away. The Broadway production was so moving that I wanted to know more about the story. This book told me more and then I thought I could find out and I loved it. The people that took all the passengers in sounded like the most wonderful people in the world to me. I feel if I had been in their shoes I would've pitched in the same and been happy to do it. 9/11 was it horrible time in the history of the USA. I think everyone who is alive then remembers what they were doing when it happened, just as we do when President Kennedy was assassinated. I recommend this book to anyone and it is one of the best nonfiction books I've read in years. In the Broadway show they do give you a little bit more what happened on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Get to Newfoundland is the proud owner of steel from the World Trade Center, they are the only town outside the USA to have such a memorial.

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  • Kazi Houston
  • 30-08-17

Just the story I needed in these divisive times.

This was a powerful and touching book. I am not usually a fan of non-fiction, but could not stop listening.

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  • Glen in Canada
  • 30-07-17

Absolutely delightful.

Every Audible subscriber should listen to this book. The warm hearted people of the province of Newfoundland did a remarkable job representing Canada to the world on that dreadful day. Their outpouring of generosity lasted for over a week to all the passengers who were stranded in the little community. This book is filled with one lovely story after another.

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