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

Phillips, Richard Capt.

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ISBN 10: 1401323804 / ISBN 13: 9781401323806
Published by Hyperion, U.S.A., 2010
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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1st Edition/1st Printing softcover (complete number line). Attached to front end page is a color photo SIGNED by Captain Phillips (signature only). Phillips was captain of Maersk Alabama that was hijacked off Somalia coast. Bookseller Inventory # 027654

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Title: A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS...

Publisher: Hyperion, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: AUTHOR SIGNED PHOTO

Edition: 1st Edition

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"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

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.

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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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