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Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival

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ISBN13: 9780670021024
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A bestselling author tells the terrifying and inspiring story of the plane crash he survived

Around midnight on June 17, 1979, Air New England flight 248 crashed into the woods on Cape Cod. The pilot died but the copilot and eight passengers survived with trauma both physical and emotional. Robert Sabbag, at the height of his fame for his bestselling book Snowblind, was among them.

Down Around Midnight is Sabbag's gripping account of what exactly happened on that foggy night and his candid attempt to come to terms with the emotional ramifications of the crash. He reconnects with the other survivors and their rescuers for the first time in thirty years, weaving the narrative between past and present to create a thrilling and affecting story of survival and recovery.

Like the best survivor tales-Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and Joe Simpson's Touching the Void-Down Around Midnight is fast paced and mesmerizing. It is also a meditation on healing and the things we do to compartmentalize traumatic memories. Few people experience a plane crash and live to tell the story. Sabbag brings his striking, economical style to this personal tale of learning how to remember and how to endure.

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"Sabbag (Snowblind) was one of eight passengers on board Air New England flight 248 when it crashed into the woods of Cape Cod on June 17, 1979. The passengers and co-pilot survived, and after a brief hospitalization, Sabbag was back on a plane less than two months later. 'There was never really any question of my not flying again,' Sabbag writes. 'Travel had always been a significant part of my life, and it was a substantial part of my work now. ' When Sabbag finally decides to discard his don't-look-back mindset and examine the crash nearly 30 years later, the result is a compelling mix of reporting and memoir. He uncovers how his plane went down and wrestles with whether or not to call the pilot's widow. He interviews some of the passengers and workers from the crash scene, figuring out how they persevered, while discovering how he did the same. Sabbag deftly maneuvers himself in and out of the narrative, so the book isn't about his life as much as it is an insightful breakdown of the emotions, coincidences and facts behind a catastrophic event. Perhaps the biggest insight of Sabbag's book — which packs an emotional wallop, despite the book's slim size — is that despite his dogged reporting, we discover that there are some life events we can't understand completely, even our own. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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In 1979, the plane author Sabbag was riding in crashed into the woods on Cape Cod. Several passengers survived, with both physical and emotional trauma. This book presents the author's candid attempt to come to terms with the emotional ramifications of that crash.

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Robert Sabbag is the author of Snowblind, Smokescreen, and Too Tough to Die. He is a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He lives on Cape Cod.

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DarknStormy, June 20, 2009 (view all comments by DarknStormy)
Very entertaining and informative. It is not Green Beret, Navy Seal survival, thankfully. It is much more cerebral, but not high toned. I truly enjoyed every minute of it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670021024
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Crash and Survival
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Sabbag, Robert
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Aircraft accident victims - United States
Subject:
Authors, American
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100427
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.52x5.88x.81 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Transportation » Aviation » Disasters
Transportation » Aviation » General
Transportation » Aviation » Other

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Product details 224 pages Viking Books - English 9780670021024 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sabbag (Snowblind) was one of eight passengers on board Air New England flight 248 when it crashed into the woods of Cape Cod on June 17, 1979. The passengers and co-pilot survived, and after a brief hospitalization, Sabbag was back on a plane less than two months later. 'There was never really any question of my not flying again,' Sabbag writes. 'Travel had always been a significant part of my life, and it was a substantial part of my work now. ' When Sabbag finally decides to discard his don't-look-back mindset and examine the crash nearly 30 years later, the result is a compelling mix of reporting and memoir. He uncovers how his plane went down and wrestles with whether or not to call the pilot's widow. He interviews some of the passengers and workers from the crash scene, figuring out how they persevered, while discovering how he did the same. Sabbag deftly maneuvers himself in and out of the narrative, so the book isn't about his life as much as it is an insightful breakdown of the emotions, coincidences and facts behind a catastrophic event. Perhaps the biggest insight of Sabbag's book — which packs an emotional wallop, despite the book's slim size — is that despite his dogged reporting, we discover that there are some life events we can't understand completely, even our own. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In 1979, the plane author Sabbag was riding in crashed into the woods on Cape Cod. Several passengers survived, with both physical and emotional trauma. This book presents the author's candid attempt to come to terms with the emotional ramifications of that crash.
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