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"For the better part of a week, nearly every man, woman, and child in Gander and the surrounding smaller towns stopped what they were doing so they could help. They placed their lives on hold for a group of strangers and asked for nothing in return. They affirmed the basic goodness of man at a time when it was easy to doubt such humanity still existed."

When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of United States airspace, the citizens of this small community were called upon to come to the aid of more than six thousand displaced travelers.

Roxanne and Clarke Loper were excited to be on their way home from a lengthy and exhausting trip to Kazakhstan, where they had adopted a daughter, when their plane suddenly changed course and they found themselves in Newfoundland. Hannah and Dennis O'Rourke, who had been on vacation in Ireland, were forced to receive updates by telephone on the search for their son Kevin, who was among the firefighters missing at the World Trade Center. George Vitale, a New York state trooper and head of the governor's security detail in New York City who was returning from a trip to Dublin, struggled to locate his sister Patty, who worked in the Twin Towers. A family of Russian immigrants, on their way to the Seattle area to begin a new life, dealt with the uncertainty of conditions in their future home.

The people of Gander were asked to aid and care for these distraught travelers, as well as for thousands more, and their response was truly extraordinary. Oz Fudge, the town constable, searched all over Gander for a flight-crew member so that he could give her a hug as a favor to her sister, a fellow law enforcement officer who managed to reach him by phone. Eithne Smith, an elementary-school teacher, helped the passengers staying at her school put together letters to family members all over the world, which she then faxed. Bonnie Harris, Vi Tucker, and Linda Humby, members of a local animal protection agency, crawled into the jets' cargo holds to feed and care for all of the animals on the flights. Hundreds of people put their names on a list to take passengers into their homes and give them a chance to get cleaned up and relax.

The Day the World Came to Town is a positively heartwarming account of the citizens of Gander and its surrounding communities and the unexpected guests who were welcomed with exemplary kindness.


This is the moving story of a community who opened its homes to more than 6,000 stranded airline passengers on 9/11/01. "The Day the World Came to Town" is a timeless and heartwarming account of the citizens of Gander, and the unexpected guests who were sheltered by their exemplary kindness.

About the Author

Jim DeFede has been an award-winning journalist for sixteen years, first with the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, and then with the Miami New Times. His work has appeared in Talk, The New Republic, and Newsday. He is currently a metro columnist for the Miami Herald.

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sousthrncmfrt1, June 12, 2011 (view all comments by sousthrncmfrt1)
I just received this book as a gift, I read it in 2 days. That being said, what Mr. Defede, has shown is that there is still good in the world, regardless of the evil that is still out there. Yes that day everyone was an American, those of us who were lucky enough to have been born here, and the ones coming here for a new way of life.

Reading some of the passages, I got chills, just from the memory of that horrible day. But, I cannot imagine being 30,000 feet in the air and not knowing, then to have complete strangers take you in, taking care of you,your family and pets, opening their homes and hearts. God Bless Them. I just would like to say, Thank you for giving the people an insight to the good, as evil was striking the hearts and souls of everyone.
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Jennifer Short, May 31, 2008 (view all comments by Jennifer Short)
This book is truly a hidden gem. It describes the events in Gander, Newfoundland in such a way that it almost makes you wish you were on a plane that got divered to there on 9/11. The people on the planes and the locals are described in such a wonderful way you feel you almost know them. It is also such a wonderful read because on one of the most tragic days in our nation's history, you realize the lengths our neighbors to the north went to in an effort to do what they could for everyone. Truly a wonderful book that shows the gamut of emotions that people went through that week.
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9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
Defede, Jim
DeFede, Jim
by Jim DeFede
William Morrow Paperbacks
New York
Air travel
Aeronautics, commercial
Canada - General
Canada - Post-Confederation (1867-)
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
United States - 21st Century
September 11 Terrorist Attacks,
World History-Canada
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1st pbk ed.
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Trade PB
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8.25 x 5.5 in 14.72 oz

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