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Aviation workers profiled, include (top left) Bernie Schettino, Tom Innace, Sue Baer. Front row, Terri Rizzuto, Toni Knisley and Debbie Roland, with author, Tom Murphy.

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"A fitting tribute to the quiet heroes who got this country started again after it was so abruptly stopped on 9/11"

- Doug McCormick,
former president of Ivillage and Lifetime Television
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The book is available in bookstores, or online at:

Barnes & Noble

(See below for a description of the charity program.)

SEPTEMBER 2006 - Current Events/Biography
Hardcover - 5 5/8 x 8 3/4 - 224 Pages
ISBN: 0-8144-0909-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-8144-0909-1
$21.95 - CAN $27.95

Reclaiming the Sky - from AMACOM
AMACOM is the award winning Publishing division
of the American Management Association

9/11 and the Untold Story of the Men and Women Who Kept America Flying
By Tom Murphy

On the morning on September 11, 2001, thousands of airline and airport professionals headed off for what they assumed would be just another day on the job. Of course it was anything but. Now, as the nation approaches the fifth aniversary of that tragic day, the stories of the heroes and casualties among our dedicated air travel workers remain largely untold.

Until now. Reclaiming the Sky honors not only those workers who died doing their jobs, but also the ones that soldiered through on that day and in the aftermath, tirelessly piecing back together the fragments of a shattered industry - and indeed a critical social and economic force - while putting aside their own fears and grief.

In conjunction with a website, - where readers can share their stories and thoughts - the book not only honors the heroes and casualties of 9/11, it also offers common ground to those seeking meaning, purpose and the strength to move forward.

Tom Murphy (Bellingham, WA) has been an aviation industry trainer for twenty years and is president of The Service Institute. For the last few years, he has focused primarily on helping thousands of air travel professionals and their families recover in the wake of the September 11th attacks.

Related Contacts

  1. Literary Representation - Sharlene Martin, Martin Literary Management
  2. Publisher - Amacom and Kama Timbrell

Book Sales Support Aviation Charities

Reclaiming the Sky, is designed to support aviation charities - as such, all profits from sales of the book, either online or through bookstores, will be used to create a fund. That fund, which is held by the publisher, will be dispersed as follows:

  1. Twenty-five percent of the profits from online and bookstore sales will be donated to the WINGS Foundation and the CAUSE Foundation, the charities that support American and United Airlines flight attendants in distress. These two groups have been leaders with Tom Murphy in creating the website as a "support" program to apply the healing lessons from the book.

  2. Seventy-five percent of the profits from on-going online and bookstore sales will go into a "fund" to be shared with all of our participating aviation charities each year.

This Reclaiming the Sky fund will be named for Marianne MacFarlane and Jesus Sanchez, two Boston-based United Airlines customer service agents who were trained by Tom in his "Airport Ambassador" program during the summer of 2001.

- Contact Tom Murphy