By Richard Phillips, Stephan Talty

"I percentage the country's admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless difficulty for his staff. His braveness is a version for all Americans."
--President Barack Obama

It was once simply one other day at the task for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged shipment send which was once wearing, between different issues, meals and agricultural fabrics for the area meals application. that each one replaced while armed Somali pirates boarded the send. The pirates did not count on the staff to struggle again, nor did they count on Captain Phillips to supply himself as hostage in trade for the security of his workforce. hence all started the demanding five-day stand-off, which resulted in a bold high-seas rescue while U.S. military SEALs opened hearth and picked off 3 of the captors.

"It by no means ends like this," Captain Phillips said.

And he is right.

A Captain's accountability tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont local who used to be held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shorelines. a narrative of event and braveness, it offers the intimate info of this high-seas hostage-taking--the insufferable warmth, the demise threats, the mock executions, and the get away try. while the pirates boarded his send, Captain Phillips positioned his adventure into motion, doing every thing he might to shield his group. And while he used to be held captive via the pirates, he marshaled all his assets to make sure his personal survival, withstanding severe actual complication and an escalating conflict of wills with the pirates. This used to be it: the instant the place education meets intuition and the place personality is every thing. Richard Phillips used to be prepared.

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