Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 304 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in
Published: January 18, 2011
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1401310443
ISBN - 13: 9781401310448
From the Publisher
"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
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 MVMaersk Alabamain 2009.