Reddit Reddit reviews The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

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23 Reddit comments about The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland:

u/dulian85 · 14 pointsr/UpliftingNews

This sounds like the book I just read. I'm pretty sure it is. It's called The day the world came to town. Great read.

u/jarrettwold · 9 pointsr/pics

Can confirm, grandmother is from Newfoundland. Also, this book tells a neat story.

u/lavender_ · 8 pointsr/TheHandmaidsTale

It reminded me of The Day the World Came to Town about when a small town in New Foundland took in passengers from 38 jetliners that couldn't get into the US after 9/11. Just that idea of people coming together and embodying love and compassion through tragedy. It's good.

u/Parintachin · 7 pointsr/todayilearned

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

u/jarret_g · 7 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

The day the world came. Halifax was similar but Halifax sees a lot of international flights to begin with. Gander was all just like "Hey buddy come on in for some tea"

u/PantalonesPantalones · 5 pointsr/MapPorn

There's a really good documentary about flights that got diverted to a small town in Canada. The townspeople all showed up with food, toiletries and supplies, and watched the news with the Americans. One couple on the flight were trying to get ahold of their FDNY son.

They... never did.

I think this is the movie: .

u/1stOnRt1 · 4 pointsr/PoliticalHumor

For anyone interested, my favourite book on Gander and 9/11

u/Bernie530 · 4 pointsr/news

Gander welcomed travelers in to their churches, schools, and homes. Some independent travelers went to Canadian Tire (like a small Wal Mart with more auto stuff) to buy tents and sleeping bags. The store would not take their money.

A friend of mine was the air traffic controller on for that event. He recalls doing a months worth of work in about 4 hours. And then the logistics of handling that many jets at his small airport. They were dragging them out in to farmers fields.

There is a book and documentary on that day:

I have spent three 9-11 anniversaries in Gander. It was special. Met people who came back to see people that became friends from that awful day. Really a special place.

u/unclefishbits · 3 pointsr/Damnthatsinteresting

OMG I get to say it in this thread, and another thread taught me:

This is a WONDERFUL BOOK about the citizens of the town where the airport was... and how they took care of everyone. Someone lent teenage lovers a car to get away from the mess, others brought blankets, entertainment, etc. It's a heartwarming, WONDERFUL tale of love and kindness. I guess we could use that right about now.

u/redcolumbine · 3 pointsr/UpliftingNews

Here's a really enjoyable book about this incident:

u/amcintosh · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I remember seeing that book when it came out. I've never read it though.
Amazon Link to book

u/CaptnNorway · 2 pointsr/HFY

In my eyes "The day the world came to town" is the most HFY book that exists, mainly because it's true. There's no humans being better than everyone and generally being loudmouthed warmongers, but you still read with a smile on your face and think "I'm glad I'm human"

The book describtion:
"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."

amazon link

u/soxy · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

There's a book called The Day The World Came To Town. that covers this.

u/220hertz · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

If any of you are interested, I'd suggest Jim DeFede's The Day the World Came to Town. It's a well written account of what went on in Gander, N.L. on Sept. 11 and the following days. Being an Atlantic Canadian, I was impressed by how he captured the whole thing without making Newfies sound like bumpkins. Good read, highly recommended.

u/zudnic · 2 pointsr/IconicImages

There is a book called The Day the World Came to Town

u/cellequisaittout · 2 pointsr/IAmA

Read this.

u/KPipes · 1 pointr/MadeMeSmile

I'd highly recommend the book, "The Day the World Came to Town." A great overview of the story, with many real accounts of the local residents who helped by taking complete strangers into their homes and their lives.

Traveled through Gander about 10 years ago and spent some time chatting with the local book shop owner, who turned me on to the read. 10/10 would read again. Seeing Gander with my own eyes.. it is tiny. The lengths they went to are pretty heartwarming.

u/Sarahpitbull · 1 pointr/todayilearned

There was an awesome book written about the events of this.... So awesome... there's a link to the book, I highly suggest reading it

u/curtistalls · 1 pointr/todayilearned

My uncle was an air traffic controller in Gander who helped land a lot of those planes. If you're interested, there's a great book he recommended me called When the World Came to Town that covers a lot of interesting stories from the different passengers stranded there.

u/ElleAnn42 · 1 pointr/todayilearned

Here's the US version of the Amazon link

u/goofienewfie35 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Canadian here. I know we’re not exactly on the other side of the world, but as a kid it felt like the United States WAS another world…

I grew up in eastern Canada (Newfoundland) and I was in grade 8 at the time. I remember sitting in science class after lunch and the teachers were taking a really long time to come back to class. Once our teacher finally made it back she explained what was going on, that planes were flying into buildings in the US and no one really knew why. We had so many questions and ended up talking about it the entire afternoon.

Until that day I grew up with the naive childish mentality that violence, guns, war, etc. only happened in Hollywood and history books, never in “real life”. But that afternoon I got my first glimpse outside of my safe little bubble I grew up in and the world suddenly felt a whole lot smaller. It was terrifying.

Fun fact:
Dozens of flights originally heading to the US were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland where people opened up their homes to provide for almost 7000 stranded passengers (nearly doubling the small town’s population overnight). Not the best picture, but [here’s] ( what the airport looked like. Residents literally gave up their own beds, clothes, and food to help, and there was even a book written about it after called [The Day The World Came To Town] ( Gander also received a piece of [steel] ( from the World Trade Center a few years back as a thank you from NY firefighters.