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A Captain's Duty - by Richard Phillips (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 286

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: General

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Hachette Books

Age Range: Adult

Author: Richard Phillips

Language: English

Street Date: January 18, 2011
TCIN: 13136679
UPC: 9781401310448
Item Number (DPCI): 248-57-8703
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



It was just another day on the job for Phillips, captain of the "Maersk Alabama." That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. "A Captain's Duty" tells the dramatic life-and-death tale of Phillips' captivity and his daring escape.



Book Synopsis



It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged cargo ship which was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors.

"It never ends like this," Captain Phillips said.

And he's right.

A Captain's Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking--the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.



About the Author



Captain Richard Phillips grew up in Underhill VT, with seven brothers and sisters. He married Andrea Coggio in 1988--she is an emergency room nurse--and together they have two children. Phillips is a 1979 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and became captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009.
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