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The Day the World Came to Town - Jim Defede

The Day the World Came to Town

By Jim Defede

  • Release Date: 2011-07-12
  • Genre: History
Score: 4.5
From 525 Ratings


The True Story Behind the Events on 9/11 that Inspired Broadway’s Smash Hit Musical Come from Away, Featuring All New Material from the Author


  • Wonderful story about a grim event

    By "Apps"DestroySouls
    I enjoyed the musical “Come from Away” before reading this book, and the additional wealth of stories and details here provide a fuller & richer experience. There is no silver living to 9/11 but the story of the world coming to the doorstep of this little Canadian town is the closest possible thing.
  • Not good

    By Sasa 24 2003
    Too many story lines. Super boring. Had to read for school, but I would not recommend.
  • The Day The World Came To Town

    By Patty Cathy
    Captivating and uplifting! Not at all disheartening even though it is centered around one of the most tragic days in history.
  • Lest we forget

    By Tom1381
    The events of 9/11 for the passengers of the Flights who landed in Gander were human kindness from our Canadian neighbors. The book is a page turner and eyes moist.
  • More Than The Musical

    By Rsbthree
    This book deserves an award for teaching us the true nature of human beings. The musical, “Come From Away”, does not do the book justice. You can tell the material is well-researched and that love is so much apart of the Christian “Newfies”. RSBTHREE
  • The Day the World Came to our Door

    By DonnaTNMN
    After seeing the Broadway play based on this book, Come From Away, I purchased and read this factual, heartfelt account of the people of the Gander New Foundland area and the 38 planes diverted there after 9/11. Highly recommend both the book and play. Thank you!
  • Restore faith in humanity

    By Bruce 3
    Great real life and true story of people stepping up for each other and expecting nothing in return :)
  • The day the world came to town

    By swiitgrl
    One of the very best books I have read and I have been reading for over 50 years. It made you laugh, made you cry, a book I could not put down. It also made me very proud that I was born in Newfoundland, and I am now a United States citizen living in this great country for 50 years
  • So Uplifting!!

    By CountryCommuter Austin, TX
    I quickly felt as though I was one of the passengers, and then interchangeably, one of the townspeople. Having lived thru the 9/11 (in Texas) through the whole ordeal, I was only aware of what Americans were going through (here). Reading this book 12+ years later, I now realize how it affected SO many other nationalities, but in different ways. I also never heard about (or thought of) all those flights that were inbound from other countries when the U.S. cancelled all landings, but now I know. What amazes me most is just HOW GENEROUS people are, to complete strangers, with NO expectation of repayment, and on the other side of that coin, how giving the American guests were after-the-fact. This was truly a wonderful book, written in a great form, that included a huge cast of characters in one book, but gave enough background on each one to make you think you knew them. I can't give this enough stars, but wish I could.
  • A New Perspective

    By Christina Ippolito
    My son was assigned this book to read for his Theology class. Over the past several years, I have realized the true enjoyment of reading his assignments for this class. This book, however, was more than exceptional. I thoroughly enjoyed the new perspective on 9/11. This enlightenment coupled with the dynamic characters, both Newfies and visitors alike, made this book an extraordinary read.