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The Day the World Came to Town - Jim Defede

The Day the World Came to Town

Author Jim Defede

  • Published: 2011-07-12
  • Category: History
4.5 Stars
From 45 Customers Review
Price: $11.99


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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Amazing story

    From Super Princess
    This book made me cry. The generosity,love and friendship that was shown to complete strangers during what was such a scary time for the world, was amazing. It was well written. Draws you right in and you don't want to stop reading. I've recommended it to all my family and friends.
  • Gander's story

    From Badbadartgame
    I thought I had heard it all before, but I couldn't ay this book down. A excellent read!
  • Wow !

    From kdovick
    One of the best books I've read in such a long time !! Makes me proud to be Canadian and live in a world that has so many open-hearted and kind and generous people. The people of Gander, Newfoundland deserve the recognition. A great read, a great refresher on life, a great emotion roller coaster !
  • The Day The World Came to Town

    From Tutu canada
    Very uplifting story during an extreme period of tension.
  • Awesome

    From luke butler
    This book is amazing my nan gave it to me and now I'm reading it for the 3 time and now I'm doing the book for my school book report. ....$!!$?
  • LoryRN

    From LoryRN
    This book had me reading nonstop. I was proud of my fellow Canadians in Gander. The people are so giving and generous to total strangers. The trust created makes for long time friendships. The Newfoundlanders are top notch with thier kindness, organization, reliablilty and spontaneity. No one had to ask for anything. Thank you Jim Defede for writing this book, I am glad I read it.