The Day the World Came to Town

The Day the World Came to Town

9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

Book - 2002
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Shares the experiences of the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland, who were hosts to the more than six thousand passengers of thirty-eight U.S.-bound jetliners forced to land there in the wake of the September 11th attacks.
Publisher: New York :, Regan Books,, 2002.
Edition: 1st edition.
ISBN: 9780060559717
Characteristics: x, 244 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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May 07, 2018

When U.S. airspace closed in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, thirty-eight commercial flights were forced to land instead in Gander, Newfoundland (pop. 9,651). The sudden and unexpected influx of 6,500 distressed and disoriented travelers demonstrated the mettle and generosity of the local "Newfies," as they immediately set to coordinating shelters, donations of necessities, and food service, many of the islanders even opening their homes (and showers!) to these complete strangers. Through journalist Jim DeFede we meet several dozen of the passengers and locals, learning more about their lives before, during and after the disaster, and about the enduring friendships borne out of hardship.

DeFede has a simple and occasionally sloppy writing style. My hackles rose up each time he referred to bonobos as 'monkeys' and adoptive parents as 'stepparents.' Otherwise, this was a fast, humanity-affirming read. Highly recommended.

Jcheng1234 Nov 04, 2017

A heart warming true story of the enormous kindness and support provided by the whole town towards people in need. The author who was an award winning journalist gave a factual record of how the townspeople of Gander in Newfoundland provided hospitality for thousands of stranded flight passengers when US airspace was closed after the 911 terrorist attack. The generosity and unselfish love of the town won friendship and lifetime bonding with the total strangers. A spirit lifting book in this troubled world to read!

Sep 26, 2016

Remarkable stories of the people of Gander, Newfoundland who cared for the thousands of stranded passengers from grounded 9/11 planes. Book was plagued by rudimentary, repetitive and uninspired writing.

bibliotechnocrat Dec 10, 2015

A heartwarming read about how Newfoundlanders opened their homes and hearts to the thousands of air passengers stranded in Gander when US airspace closed, September 11, 2001. Darkness makes light more obvious and the narrative makes me proud of my Canadian compatriots who stepped up to the plate on that terrible day.

Dec 05, 2009

The safe haven created by the townspeople of Gander and surrounding towns for the stranded travellers on 9-11 was amazing. Reliving the horror of that day is balanced by the celebration of human kindness. Nice.

beckz Oct 25, 2007

I recommend everyone to read this book. Period.


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