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A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea

“I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.” –President Barack Obama
April 12, 2009, on Captain Phillips’ Rescue

It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States–flagged cargo ship sailing down the coast of western Africa. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship, setting off a tense five-day standoff and a series of life-or-death feats by Captain Richard Phillips and the group of Navy SEALs who would ultimately rescue him. A Captain’s Duty follows Richard Phillips’ adrenaline-packed tale of adventure and courage during his days as a hostage. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips did everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive, 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.”I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.” –President Barack Obama
April 12, 2009, on Captain Phillips’ Rescue

It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States–flagged cargo ship sailing down the coast of western Africa. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship, setting off a tense five-day standoff and a series of life-or-death feats by Captain Richard Phillips and the group of Navy SEALs who would ultimately rescue him. A Captain’s Duty follows Richard Phillips’ adrenaline-packed tale of adventure and courage during his days as a hostage. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips did everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive, 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.

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Richard A. Madden says:

Good read – very accurate! There are very few books that I’ve “had” to have the first day out – this was one – and it didn’t disappoint! This book is a good window into the life of a merchant seaman in general and specifically into life on a ship running along the East coast of Africa. It was very interesting to understand the thought process of Capt Phillips while under attack and during his time as a hostage. Best wishes to Captain Phillips and his family! Rich Madden Chief Mate, Maersk…

Rick Shaq Goldstein "*SHAQ*" says:

RICK “SHAQ” GOLDSTEIN SAYS: “EITHER I’M GETTING OUT OF HERE ALIVE… OR THEY ARE. BUT NOT BOTH!” On April 8, 2009 four Somalian pirates took over an American flagged cargo ship by the name of “THE MAERSK ALABAMA”. The name of the Alabama’s captain was Richard Phillips… and this is the story of his life leading up to… and including the takeover of the ship… and what eventually became a fight for his life… when he deftly maneuvered the pirates… who the captain nicknamed “LEADER”… “TALL GUY”… “MUSSO”… and “THE-CRAZY-EYED-YOUNG-GUY”… into giving up the ship and its entire…

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