By: Richard Phillips
Location: NF 920 PHI
Genre: Pirates and Bravery
"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
--President Barack Obama
My daughter wanted to be a pirate, I am pleased she did not become one -they are not nice people. My work mate watched the movie of this book- it freaked her out. This is a story of vile pirates and ridiculous bravery. Duty and bravery- do we know we have these qualities, or must we wait until we are forced to discover them. If we find them, we discover something else, we discover what a hero looks like.
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. It was the first time an American
cargo ship had been hijacked in over 200 years.
What the pirates didn't expect was that the crew would
fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as a
hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew - a courageous gesture
that resulted in his being held captive on a tiny life-boat off the
anarchic, gun-plagued coast of Somalia. And so began a tense five-day
stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue by U.S. Navy SEALs.
In A Captain's Duty, Richard Phillips tells
his own extraordinary story - that of an ordinary man who did what he
saw as his duty and in so doing became a hero. It is a thrilling true
tale of adventure and courage in the face of deprivation, death threats
and mock executions and also a compulsively readable first-hand account
of the terrors of high-seas hostage-taking.