A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous by Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty

By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty

"I percentage the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless problem for his staff. His braveness is a version for all Americans."
--President Barack Obama

It used to be simply one other day at the activity for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged shipment send which used to be sporting, between different issues, nutrition and agricultural fabrics for the area nutrition software. that each one replaced while armed Somali pirates boarded the send. The pirates didn't count on the group to struggle again, nor did they count on Captain Phillips to provide himself as hostage in trade for the security of his team. therefore started the annoying five-day stand-off, which led to a bold high-seas rescue whilst U.S. army SEALs opened hearth and picked off 3 of the captors.
"It by no means ends like this," Captain Phillips said.
And he's right.
A Captain's Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont local who used to be held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued beaches. a narrative of event and braveness, it offers the intimate info of this high-seas hostage-taking--the insufferable warmth, the dying threats, the mock executions, and the break out try out. while the pirates boarded his send, Captain Phillips placed his adventure into motion, doing every little thing he may well to protect his staff. And whilst he used to be held captive via the pirates, he marshaled all his assets to make sure his personal survival, withstanding severe actual hassle and an escalating conflict of wills with the pirates. This was once it: the instant the place education meets intuition and the place personality is every little thing. Richard Phillips used to be prepared.

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O n one occasion I snuck away from m y family to hang out with m y friends under the bleachers, where they drank U I R I T M G my CODE 15 beer and smoked. T h e gang left the stadium for d o w n t o w n San Mateo, and I found myself in the backseat of a stolen car that was being hot-wired. W e set out on a joy ride. W h e n a police car began to follow with flashing lights and siren, I panicked. W e swerved into an alley close to the stadium and braked hard. I got out and ran as fast as I could back to the bleachers, m y family, and normal life.

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