Captain Phillips

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Transworld Publishers Limited, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 286 pages
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8th April 2009 was just an ordinary day for 53 -year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the United States-registered cargo vessel, the Maersk Alabama, as it headed towards the port of Mombasa. Ordinary that is until, two hundred or so miles off the east coast of Africa, armed Somali pirates attacked and boarded the freighter.

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User Review  - kenno82 - LibraryThing

Watched the film before reading the book. It's always hard to know how this affects your reading of the book, but I really enjoyed it. I liked and respected Captain Phillips and his approach to life ... Read full review

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User Review  - TeresaKander - LibraryThing

Having seen the movie, I was interested to hear about the experience in his own words. I was definitely not disappointed. The book, as is almost always true, is SO much better than the movie. There ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Born in 1955, Richard Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He became captain of the MV Maersk Alabama in 2009 and is still a serving officer in the United States' merchant marine. His account of the seizure of the Maersk Alabama and his experiences as a hostage of Somali pirates - A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea - was first published in the USA in 2010. He and his wife have two children and live on a farm in Vermont.

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