Down Around Midnight

Down Around Midnight

A Memoir of Crash and Survival

By Robert Sabbag

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143117605, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 27, 2010


A bestselling author's terrifying and inspiring story of survival

In this extraordinary book, the author of such bestsellers as Snowblind and Smokescreen uses his journalistic gift to portray his own heartstopping brush with death. Around midnight on June 17th, 1979, Air New England flight 248 crashed into the woods on Cape Cod, killing the pilot and leaving nine survivors- including Robert Sabbag-wounded and stranded in the woods.

Based on interviews with fellow survivors and his own recollections, Down Around Midnight is Sabbag's gripping account of what happened on that foggy night and his attempt to come to terms with its impact. The result is a survival tale in the tradition of Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air and a deeply personal story of learning how to live with what can never be forgotten.

About the Author
Sabbag is a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, he has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men's Journal, Playboy, Esquire, and Worth.

Praise For Down Around Midnight

"Sabbag examines the crash both as an outstanding reporter investigating an old story, talking to those involved and meticulously piecing together the evidence, and also as a survivor confronting his own demons and the inevitable vagaries of memory... A compelling and tightly written reconstruction of the crash and his struggle to come to terms with the near-death experience."
-Boston Globe

"Sabbag has a knack for thumbnail portraits and sardonic humor... eloquent..."

"His most emotionally resonant book... A remarkably powerful, human story not merely of a plane crash but of the impact that one brief moment can have on an entire life... "

"Wonderfully readable... Sabbag has a journalist's eye for detail and a sardonic style that would be entertaining no matter the topic... The conclusions he comes to are thought-provoking and wise."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune