Miracle on the Hudson is a gripping modern story that vividly evokes the experiences and heroism of everyday men and women who faced an extraordinary ordeal -- one that could have happened to any of us.
A unique collaboration between many of the passengers themselves and two expert story-tellers, William Prochnau (a contributing editor to Vanity Fair) and Laura Parker (a former aviation writer for USA Today), Miracle on the Hudson: The Survivors of Flight 1549 Tell Their Extraordinary Stories of Courage, Faith, and Determination provides the first and only full account, minute-by-minute, of that fateful day, in the survivors' own words.
Here is just some of what Prochnau and Parker learned as they traversed the country, piecing together this unique and extraordinary narrative. The 150 men, women and children aboard the rapidly descending plane heard three terse words from the cockpit: Brace for impact. In the next 90 seconds, the passengers -- a cross-section of bankers and Wall Streeters in the midst of a huge financial crisis; a drag-car racer; a Gangsta Rap promoter; and people from every faith -- all made their peace with what seemed to be certain death.
On impact, most of the passengers were so lost in that certainty that time froze, and a moment of stunned silence -- five seconds, ten -- engulfed the plane.