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A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea Paperback – January 18, 2011
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I had bought this book before the talk but didn't get a chance to read it all the way through. But the next day I sat down and read the entire book and I'm so glad that I had it right there. I was able to use the book to relive parts of the talk and to better understand some of the fine points of his very brave adventure. When you see a movie of an event like this, you have to wonder how much is Hollywood and how much is reality, but after having seen him talk and having read this book, that movie is extremely close to portraying exactly what happened. In the Q&A after the talk, in fact, someone asked him that very question: How much of the movie was invented for drama? His reply was that while certain bits of the timelines were altered in small ways and certain events that happened weren't actually shown (in the movie and news stories there were only three shots fired, for example, but in reality many were fired), most of the movie was a very accurate reflection of actual events.
If that's the truth, and I believe it is, this is one very brave guy. In the face of near certain death, he put his ship's cargo and his crew ahead of his own life--and he figured out a way to outwit the pirates very early on. It was a gamble, but it saved everyone's lives.
I highly recommend both this book and the film. Books like this always have a ghost author involved because, let's face it, he's a sea captain not a writer, but it is his voice that comes through. And I really hope that the writing bug will get ahold of the Captain, because I'd love to hear more about the sea and about his life as a Merchant Marine.
If you get the chance to see Captain Phillips speak, do whatever you have to do to get there. In the meantime, what a great summer read this is--I can't wait to read it a second time. My only regret is that I didn't get an opportunity to ask him to sign my book! Next time.
Not enough praise can be given to the Navy Seals who operate behind the scenes but whose operations are seen through Captain Phillip's eyes, in the few, but important glimpses he gets of them. A wonderful true story told with compassion by the man who lived it.
Self sacrifice, dedication, loyalty, mental toughness, smart, quick thinking, problem solver, goal/mission oriented, compassionate, family man, credible, trustworthy, respected,etc., and etc.
Richard's career counsellor was a well dressed man in a thousand dollar leather jacket with wads of hundred dollar bills and riding in his taxi cab. The man told Richard to take him where the action is; broads, booze, and babes. Richard dropped him off and asked him "What do you do?" The man said, "Merchant marine" and handed him a business card with the address of the Merchant Marines. The rest is history.
Thank you for sharing your incredible and riveting story and Blessings.