A Captain's Duty

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

By (author) Richard Phillips , By (author) Stephan Talty , Narrator George K. Wilson

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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," a United States flagged cargo ship that 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 a hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day standoff, 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 story of adventure and courage, "A Captain's Duty" 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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  • CD-Audio
  • 165.1 x 170.18 x 25.4mm | 294.83g
  • 26 Apr 2010
  • Tantor Media, Inc
  • Old Saybrook, CT
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Library ed
  • 1400146860
  • 9781400146864

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Author Information

Captain Richard Phillips is a 1979 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and became captain of the MV "Maersk Alabama" in 2009. Journalist Stephan Talty has contributed to the "New York Times Sunday Magazine," "GQ," the "Chicago Review," and other publications, and he is the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Empire of Blue Water." George K. Wilson has narrated over one hundred fiction and nonfiction audiobook titles, from Thomas L. Friedman to Thomas Pynchon, and has won several "AudioFile" Earphones Awards.

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"Phillips's story is not just riveting and timely, but also an informative, heartening look at...the Merchant Marines." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

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