Book Reviews of The Day the World Came to Town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

The Day the World Came to Town : 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
The Day the World Came to Town 9/11 in Gander Newfoundland
Author: Jim DeFede
ISBN-13: 9780060559717
ISBN-10: 0060559713
Publication Date: 9/1/2003
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 59 ratings
Publisher: Regan Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
Inspiring and uplifting, an easy read and a great escape, this book by Jim DeFede - a 2003 Christopher award winner - will remind you there is good to be found everywhere in humanity. On September 11, 2001 planes flying from Europe were diverted to Canada when the United States closed its airspace. This book centers on towns in Newfoundland, their people and how they took care of the stranded passengers. Recommended!
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Helpful Score: 5
I cannot tell you how much I love this book! It is on the keeper shelf forever. It moves me and makes me cry. An incredibly beautiful story of how the town of Gander, Newfoundland took in literally thousands of people on hundreds of planes diverted from the U.S. on 9/11 -- not just took them and housed them and fed them, but welcomed them with open arms and open hearts and wanted NOTHING in return.
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Helpful Score: 4
An excellent book about the hospitality shown to stranded airline passengers by the inhabitants of Gander, Newfoundland on 9/11. I shows that out of a day of terror and hate, there was also a lot of goodness and love shown by total strangers to total stangers.
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Helpful Score: 3
Excellent book with a different viewpoint of 9/11---that of the passengers of planes forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland and the residents who live there. I laughed, I cried, and now I want to visit there!!!! A must read!!
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Helpful Score: 3
Heartwarming and genuine account of the hospitality shown by the inhabitants of Gander, Newfoundland, when 900+ world travelers were stranded there due to the U.S. air space being closed during the 9/11 tragedy.
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Helpful Score: 3
Wow. This book is so inspiring. In the midst of the worst day of recent history, there was some good in the world. International flights that were in the air bound for the US that day were grounded on Newfoundland. There were more people on these planes than townspeople in Gander. However, these wonderful people never thought twice about dropping everything to care for these stranded and very distressed people. Absolutely inspiring. A must read. It is one book that I will keep.
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Helpful Score: 1
One of the best books I've read this year. The true story of the town of Gander, Newfoundland and the wonderful people there who took in stranded strangers by the thousand, and did it with a smile. Heartwarming, inspiring, and wonderful don't even begin to describe it. I am definitely keeping this book - and sharing it with friends. I want to go to Gander!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is about the amazing people of Gander Newfoundland. and the care they took of the stranded passengers when America closed it's airspace due to 9/11. It is a place I would love to visit some day.
However, as wonderful as these citizens were, the book is somewhat boring, thus the 3 stars. I read two other books while I was reading this one.
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Helpful Score: 1
I looked for this book because I had seen a musical theater production of "From Away" which was based on this true story. It was riveting and was totally unknown to me when I first heard of it. On 9/11 so many people were impacted in ways we had no way of knowing. This book tells the story of hundreds of people who were "stranded" in a small town in Newfoundland and how the townspeople took care of them. It was a testimony to the charity of people for their fellow men/women at a moment of stress. And it was interesting on so many levels because of the many individual stories that are told in the book. It's not a literary masterpiece but it's a great human interest story. And it makes me want to visit Gander if this winter ever ends.
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Helpful Score: 1
An amazing story of how the people in Gander, Newfoundland and other surrounding towns opened their hearts and homes to care for those airline passengers who were diverted to Newfoundland on September 11, 2001.

The story touches on the lives of many people involved - passengers from all over the world, pilots and flight crew, the citizens of Newfoundland. My heart warmed as I read of the unique incomparable trust and compassion of those selfless Newfies, whose one and only concern was the comfort of their guests. Some of the other characters and storylines made me laugh, some made me cry - like couple who eagerly awaited news of their son, an FDNY firefighter. Like someone else wrote, I want to visit this place and hug every person I see.

A nicely written, emotional but overall uplifting story - while I can never forget the horrific images I saw that day, I will now always think of those wonderful souls in Newfoundland whenever 9/11 crosses my mind.
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Helpful Score: 1
What an amazing world we live in sometimes. I wish every person in the entire world would read and catch the amazing spirit of the Newfoundland citizens. Their unending generosity and selfless ways of helping the passengers, crew and animals from the 38 planes that where forced to land in Gander on 9/11 was incrediable.
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A wonderful book! A testament to the kindness of strangers and the good in people. Every American remembers where they were when 9/11 events occurred and news spread. But this is the story of several lives affected from a different perspective. Americans who could not get home as American airspace was closed and many passengers diverted and afraid terrorists were on some of these planes. Many of these people with families and friends in New York fearing the worst. The people of Newfoundland took in thousands of these people and treated them like their own family. An emotional read on many levels.
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This was definitely a story about the better part of human nature. It was heartwarming to read about the Gander locals who went above and beyond in their efforts to help the displaced passengers, and the bonds and friendships that formed between the passengers and between the passengers and locals. About the Hugo Boss CEO who, even though he had access to a private jet that would take him home to Germany, refused the trip in order to stay with his fellow passengers. And it was heartbreaking to read about the couple from Brooklyn who had a son who was an NYC fireman, gone missing after the Twin Towers fell.

This was an easy and very interesting read that also tugged at my heartstrings.
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One of the best books I've read this year. The true story of the town of Gander, Newfoundland and the wonderful people there who took in stranded strangers by the thousand, and did it with a smile. Heartwarming, inspiring, and wonderful don't even begin to describe it. I am definitely keeping this book - and sharing it with friends. I want to go to Gander!
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WONDERFUL story about the kindness of strangers after 9-11. I highly recommend this book!