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A Captain's Duty [Format Kindle]

Richard Phillips
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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." (BARACK OBAMA, President of the USA)

"For once, the good guys won." (BOOKLIST)

"This riveting account spares none of the detail and paints fascinating portraits of the desperate young pirates. The film, starring Tom Hanks, opens this month and if it is half as tense as the book, it'll be unmissable." (DAILY MAIL)

"We think this is shaping up to be something really quite special" (DEN OF GEEK)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 307 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1401323804
  • Editeur : Transworld Digital (26 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DE15OWG
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Captain's Duty - the book 19 janvier 2014
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Captain Phillips, the lonely sea-captain of a large commercial vessel, carries out his duty to his owner and his crew in impossible circumstances. He faces the ever-expected threat from Somali pirates with no other defence but his wits; it is a frustrating tale of fear, courage and inadequacy on the high seas. Why, with all the technology available to major international companies, are these huge ships left to the mercy of dangerous criminals? It is unspeakably irresponsible and avoidable. But, because this account is a factual and personal account penned by the Captain himself, it should be read and has been read and even filmed to great acclaim.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un superbe film :) 17 juin 2014
Par LeKeiser
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Inspirée d'une histoire vraie (me suis commandé le livre), ce film est bouleversant! Surtout grâce à la présence de Tom Hanks, qui signe un rôle vraiment mémorable qui devrait marquer sa carrière. Sans oublier les seconds rôles, Barkhad Abdi tout aussi exceptionnel. Aucun temps mort, une réalisation hors pair, du grand grand film.
A posséder dans sa filmothèque :)
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Par Muriel
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Vraiment, il est regrettable qu'aucun éditeur français n'est eu la bonne idée de proposer une traduction française de ce roman, notamment à l'occasion de la sortie du film en salle. A lire, surtout si vous avez aimé le film.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Très bon livre 7 juin 2014
Par FavS
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Facile à lire même en anglais, peut etre un poil trop patriotique, mais relativement bien écrit et intéressant.
quelques différences par rapport au film cependant.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read - very accurate! 7 avril 2010
Par Richard A. Madden - Publié sur
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There are very few books that I've "had" to have the first day out - this was one - and it didn't disappoint! This book is a good window into the life of a merchant seaman in general and specifically into life on a ship running along the East coast of Africa. It was very interesting to understand the thought process of Capt Phillips while under attack and during his time as a hostage. Best wishes to Captain Phillips and his family!

Rich Madden
Chief Mate, Maersk Alabama
Anchored off Djibouti
07 April 2010
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The computer you are using is courtesy of the Merchant Marine 13 avril 2010
Par Wild Bill - Publié sur
This is a great book on several levels.
1 - It shows you how much you depend on the Merchant Marine whether you know it or not. That TV from China did not get here by itself.
2 - It shows what you can accomplish when you have a strong sense of duty, no matter the risks.
3 - It shows that a SEAL team is not a group of people to be trifled with (I hope you already knew that)

I read this book cover to cover in two sittings. My dad was in the USCG and the Merchant Marine so I connected with it right away. I also had a good friend that went to Massachusetts Maritime Academy before he died much too young. When I read Captain Phillips book, I could hear the New England accent and my friend's laugh. Just from the picture on the cover you get the idea that this is a guy when he tells you something you probably should listen. He was not operating with false bravado, nor was he trying to show off - he really was performing A Captain's Duty. He also generously doles out praise for his crew, the Navy, the SEAL team, and everybody that said prayers for him and his family. This is the story of a remarkably composed guy thrown into an awful situation and what he was able to accomplish by not giving in to fear and panic. I hope two things after reading this book. One is that I am never in a situation that resembles anything like this and second, if I am that I can be at least half as composed as Captain Phillips.
He does not claim to be a hero, he does not claim to have done anything that anyone else could not do - as a matter of fact he points out that anybody could do what he did if put in the same situation. I beg to differ, but I will take him at his word. It is good to know that there are still a few REAL MEN left. I cannot count myself in that group, I wish I could, but I have never been tested to the level of Captain Phillips.
I was left with one question after reading this book. WHY are the Merchant ships thrown out to sea with nothing more than utility knives and flares to protect themselves? This cargo will most likely be in a LOCKED warehouse when it gets to the States, some of it may even be guarded by armed guards - why would you just put it out to sea with no protection against heavily armed bandits?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Kick-Ass Read if there ever was one..... 20 avril 2010
Par Sunny Beech - Publié sur
I, too, watched with rapt attention last year when this situation went down, wondering how in hell this would be resolved. I cheered when the crawler came across the screen on Larry King Live that Richard had been rescued and that the amazing Navy Seals had done their gig to perfection.

This book was very well-written and entirely suspenseful even though the reader already knew the outcome. Kudos to Mr. Phillips and his crew for holding it all together during the horror. Kudos to the co-writer for weaving Mr. Phillips' background, his family story, and his emotional ordeal into a compelling, cohesive narrative.

I have to say, as a salty New Englander myself, now transplanted to the South, I miss the likes of the Richard Phillipses - the men who say what they'll do and then do what they've said. Men (and women, of course) of personal integrity are a dying breed.

A great read. Just unfortunate that any of these players had to live through this to give us this book.
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Par Rick Shaq Goldstein - Publié sur
On April 8, 2009 four Somalian pirates took over an American flagged cargo ship by the name of "THE MAERSK ALABAMA". The name of the Alabama's captain was Richard Phillips... and this is the story of his life leading up to... and including the takeover of the ship... and what eventually became a fight for his life... when he deftly maneuvered the pirates... who the captain nicknamed "LEADER"... "TALL GUY"... "MUSSO"... and "THE-CRAZY-EYED-YOUNG-GUY"... into giving up the ship and its entire crew... with the end result being that he was the lone remaining hostage. Richard grew up in the New England area in an Irish-American family and was one of eight kids. (Four boys and four girls.) His life was built around a love of sports and he states: "HELL, I LEARNED EVERYTHING BY PLAYING SPORTS." One of his favorite athletes was Larry Bird whose toughness he respected. His explanation of the inner workings of his family are not unlike many families in his generation: "MY FATHER PROVED HIS LOVE BY GOING OUT AND WORKING LIKE HELL. YOU WANTED THAT *AND* A HUG EVERY NIGHT, TOO? GO TALK TO YOUR MOTHER." Perhaps one of the best quips in the book is delivered when he describes life with his Father. "IT WAS LIKE GROWING UP WITH VINCE LOMBARDI IN A BAD MOOD."

Richard wound up quitting sports... doing some drinking... getting in some fights... and among other jobs drove a taxi. His life changed and his future was truly started when he applied for and got accepted at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. It was here he expanded and polished the inner drive to never let anyone get him down... he proved to himself and others... regardless of rank or position that they could never make him quit. A trait that obviously serves him well to this day... especially if you consider the fact that he's still alive a good trait. One of the benefits a potential reader will accrue from this book is an appreciation for the history of "The Merchant Marines". With obvious pride the story is sprinkled with interesting facts such as "THE MERCHANT MARINE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE INVISIBLE SERVICE, THE GUYS WHO BROUGHT THE TANKS TO NORMANDY, THE BULLETS TO OKINAWA, BUT NO ONE EVER REMEMBERS US. WHAT GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR SAID WAS TRUE: THEY BROUGHT US OUR LIFEBLOOD AND PAID FOR IT WITH THEIR OWN."

After the pirates took over the almost defenseless ship... (Reviewer's opinion: It's utterly ridiculous that Merchant Marines aren't allowed to carry weapons to defend themselves!) every thought that went through Phillips's head... was how to protect his men and his ship. Reduced to a few flares and metal objects designed for securing cargo and maintaining a ship... and fire hoses... Captain Phillips had to use every ounce of street savvy and maritime skills in trying to overcome four Somalian pirates armed with AK-47's. It literally became a chess match for life between "THE-LARRY-BIRD-OF-THE-MERCHANT-MARINES* and the four wanton pirates. After having most of his men hide in a pre-determined spot on the ship... one of the pirates was duped into being captured by the hiding crew... and a swap was made. The captured pirate and $30,000.00 for all the crew except the captain. Phillips was treated unmercifully... tied up with multiple ropes while he was mocked and hit with fists and guns... all while baking in the unforgiving sun. After a failed escape Phillips was not allowed to even urinate off the side of the lifeboat... he had to go in his pants... further humiliating him.

All during this time as Phillips summoned every bit of personal courage and strength... the pirates had countless mock executions. As Navy ships eventually came within yards of the lifeboat... Captain Phillips wondered if he'd live to ever see his family again. You may know the outcome from the news... but till you read this book... you won't know the anguish of this brave Merchant Marine.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Now that's a sea story! 28 juillet 2010
Par Long Hitter - Publié sur
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I saw this book when my wife and I ran into Books-A-Million to avoid a rainstorm. Despite the whirling controversy surrounding the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, I decided to give it a read. I truly enjoyed the book.....I always love a good sea story.

Joseph Conrad summed it up best when he wrote about the prestige, privilege, and burden of command at sea. While this has more of a military context, it most certainly has significant application in the merchant fleet as well. In summary, Conrad clearly illustrates how those in command are ultimately and inescapably responsible for their ships (for a complete reading of Conrad's description of command at sea, simply google "Joseph Conrad Command at Sea"'s quite moving). The Maersk Alabama is no different. Once the ship was being attacked, Richard Phillips lived up to his duty as the captain to the letter. Many have stated that he knowingly placed the ship in danger by not heeding to warnings to stay more than 600 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. Whether that is the case or not, it's his ship and his responsibility to handle anything that gets thrown his way. In the end, none of the crew were seriously hurt, Maersk got their ship back and cargo delivered, and the pirates were quickly disposed of - win, win, win....all attributable to the tenacity of the crew and the leadership by Captain Phillips.....and, of course, a few bad a$$ Navy SEALS.

There, too, has been a great deal of discussion as to whether or not the captain's account of the incident aboard the Maersk Alabama is entirely accurate. Regardless, the man was held hostage for four days by a group of thugs who tied him up, beat him, threatened to kill him, and even went so far as to hold mock executions. That's the real story. Quibbling over minute details leading up to the attack serves no purpose in the context of this book. I cannot imagine the mixed bag of emotions that must have been going through Captain Phillips' mind. In describing his account, Phillips was outstanding. What really moved me was his clear descriptions of each of his captors and how he developed a rapport with each.

The only real downside to this story was the constant jumping back and forth from the hijacking to Captain Phillips' home life. No offense to Captain Phillips (or his wife and kids), but those chapters dragged on a bit. I certainly would have been much more interested to read about the hijacking and only the hijacking. Had he included some input from members of his crew, the story would have been even better and all the more convincing. I definitely recommend this book to any seafarer or anyone else looking for a good sea story!
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