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A Captain's Duty

Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea

Richard Phillips


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (1/18/2011)
MP3 CD (4/19/2010)
Paperback (9/1/2013)
Compact Disc (4/19/2010)
Hardcover (4/6/2010)
Compact Disc (4/19/2010)
Hardcover, Large Print (8/1/2010)
MP3 CD (4/19/2010)


"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.

Hyperion, 9781401312862, 304pp.

Publication Date: September 17, 2013

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.