8th April 2009 was just an ordinary day for the author, 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. This book tells his story.
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.
"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 "We think this is shaping up to be something really quite special" DEN OF GEEK