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Oct 20, Will rated it did not like it. I retired from a year career as a shipmaster in and followed this incident closely. I'm rarely sorry about spending money on a book, but this time I am.
While I wasn't in the captain's position and won't second-guess him, "A Captain's Duty: Oct 03, Hannah Vamp of Savannah rated it did not like it. There are no words to describe how frustratingly stupid this book-the whole situation was. From the time Phillips told one of his men that if he were scared of pirates he never should have gotten on board the boat to the part where he actually told his crew to come to the bridge and hoped that they wouldn't to the end where the captain credits Obama with having had a huge hand in getting him out of the pirates hands I just wanted to scream.
It's like Captain Smith and the iceberg warnings all o There are no words to describe how frustratingly stupid this book-the whole situation was. It's like Captain Smith and the iceberg warnings all over again. These captains get warnings and then are shocked when bad things happen when the warnings are ignored. The man wasn't a hero--he made the the best of a God-awful situation and came out lucky.
Read the news articles. Jun 19, David rated it liked it.
This book was the expected coda to Captain Phillip's fifteen minutes of fame. I would like to have learned a little more about the Navy Seals role in his rescue, but Phillips was apparently instructed to minimize it. In addition, his narrative raised some unanswered questions, especially about the mysterious Leader, who disappears without further mention. An uneven chrosnicle, but quite readable. It makes one hope that sterner measure are now in place to deal with future would-be Somali pirates.
Sep 24, Doreen Petersen rated it liked it Shelves: Pirates is the present day. They're in speedboats armed with AK47's but the ships they try to hijack are far bigger than their boat. All you have to do if you see them is turn the wheel really hard and plow right over them.
Needless to say I am glad Captain Phillips survived this harrowing ordeal. Apr 17, Rachel rated it it was ok Shelves: After seeing the movie Captain Phillips , I got this book wanting to know more about the capture of the Maersk Alabama, the US cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in , and the ordeal of Captain Phillips himself, taken hostage by the pirates and held in the ship's lifeboat for four days until he was rescued by Navy SEALs.
Take my advice: About half a chapter into this book, I was thinking, "hmmm, this guy is kind After seeing the movie Captain Phillips , I got this book wanting to know more about the capture of the Maersk Alabama, the US cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates in , and the ordeal of Captain Phillips himself, taken hostage by the pirates and held in the ship's lifeboat for four days until he was rescued by Navy SEALs.
About half a chapter into this book, I was thinking, "hmmm, this guy is kind of a douche," and I felt bad about that, obviously, because: But he's arrogant and boastful about things that are so stupid, and clearly wants to portray himself as the toughest bastard you'll ever be lucky enough to know.
I'd like to say that as I read further, I started to have a better opinion of him, but I really didn't. Surprisingly, the book is not all that interesting, although maybe that's because I'd already seen the very well-done movie. The details differ slightly from those in the film, but not in a significant way well, aside from the fact that I never wanted to punch Tom Hanks in the face.
In short, I don't recommend the book, I do recommend the movie Captain Phillips , and I also recommend Joe Versus the Volcano , which has nothing to do with the matter at hand, I just think it's an underrated film. View all 3 comments.
He makes a great deal of his devotion to his ship — whichever ship it happens to be at whichever point in his career — and to this end the part of the book before the Somali pirates board the Maersk Alabama is filled with anecdotes of his life on and off the sea. The point of these anecdotes is surely to assure the reader that the ship and the men on board are his responsibility, and give a sense of who the man is.
Unfortunately they paint him out to be a bit of an arrogant prat. As I said he is not a writer, and his story is not very well constructed.
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The past tense of dive is dived. A dove is a white pigeon. Yeah, well, learn to spell. However, all nit-picking and dislike of pompous patriotism aside, this is a remarkable story and it's incredible that Phillips is alive to tell it. It's just that it's a rare case of the movie being far superior to the book.
View 2 comments. Jun 30, Owen rated it really liked it. It spans a period of time from the week before the cargo ship set sail to after he gets home. Half of the book is about what really happened on the ship and the other half is about his emotional struggles being separated from his family.
The book goes back and forth dealing with the situation on the cargo ship and the reaction back home in Vermont.
I enjoyed how the author included excerpts from real news reports to start each chapter. The book is filled with action and depicts the cat and mouse game between the pirates and the crew. There are small parts throughout the book where Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty add extra dimensions to the story. These are little things like Captain Phillips talking about Shaeffer Stadium in Foxborough or a conversation with the youngest pirate about going to the movies in Somalia.
These instances help make the story more relatable. This event, which took place in , made headlines all around the world. Piracy in Somalia was brought to the attention of world leaders.
It was one of the biggest stories of the year. It also was one of the biggest instances of piracy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anybody, especially if they live in New England because Phillips talks about his home throughout the book. Nov 03, Susan rated it really liked it. The first thing I did after finishing the book was to find out who wrote the screenplay.
Turns out it was Billy Ray who also wrote the screenplay for Hunger Games. All I can say is that the movie follows the book so closely that at first it seemed I didn't need to bother reading the book.
However, as I went along I found that the book brings out what Rich Phillips' wife Andrea was going through back home. Personally, I must have been living under a rock when all of this happened because I can on The first thing I did after finishing the book was to find out who wrote the screenplay.
Personally, I must have been living under a rock when all of this happened because I can only vaguely remember this in the news. But what the book brings out that was nowhere in the movie was Rich Phillips' humor. He actually, and quite ironically, has the same type of humor as Tom Hanks.
I wanted to hear a sarcastic remark and see some humor but the director decided not to put this side of Rich Phillips in the movie. The book is as intense as the movie and for a non-fiction book it was a very quick read. The book also adds to the mystery of the Somali pirates and their relationship with the U. In the book the "Leader" of the pirates calmly boards the naval ship, essentially abandoning his fellow pirates.
Not so in the movie where he was tricked into leaving the lifeboat. I feel that there is more to the story which will eventually come out. In the meantime, an entertaining and fast-paced book to read. May 02, Marna rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this. He's a no-nonsense kind of guy, what Vermont has a lot of. An ordinary person living through an extraordinary situation often makes a good story. In this case it does.
Very glad for Captain Phillips and his entire family that it worked out as well as it did. Nov 15, Noneareleft rated it it was ok. My wife and I saw the movie "Captain Phillips" first which inspired me to look for the book on Amazon's Kindle store. I was hoping for a more accurate version of events or at least a more complete one knowing that a Hollywood movie starring Tom Hanks was going to either leave things out or embellish. As I've grown older I'm more forgiving of that now as a My wife and I saw the movie "Captain Phillips" first which inspired me to look for the book on Amazon's Kindle store.
As I've grown older I'm more forgiving of that now as a movie isn't a book and each media has a different voice.
However, rather than a more accurate version of events, the book gave voice to Rich Phillips, and not so much to the story that took place. The movie seemed like a third person narrative and just a plain good story. The book is, by nature, told from the first person with all the thoughts and emotions that are lacking in another narrative, but this is an event best left without those thoughts and emotions.
I read the other reviews and those reviewers noted that Captain Phillips comes across in his book as arrogant and conceited and I find myself in full agreement. I found his way of talking about his marriage and his family to be off-putting.
Most people I have encountered have had an unbridled youth and look back on those years as brash and with some sense of regret. Rich Phillips youth was no less brash or unbridled, but seems to have no sense of regret about any of it at all.
It seems as if every thing he ever did or said was right or justified and he seems to have always been surrounded by inferiors. He speaks of the necessity for discipline and the ability to size others up so that a captain knows what a man on his ship is capable of, but is unapologetic about his lack of discipline and brags about his insubordination with other superiors, either in his past or the present.
On page thirty-seven he tells the reader, "That was my motto: I'm gonna stick", when in the paragraphs leading up to this motto, he announces that he didn't fit his high school football coach's "system" and so he quit the team, all without the slightest hint of hypocrisy in his tone. Phillips tells a story of another captain for he has no qualms about belittling his so called peers who "…was such a company man that he was terrified, not of sinking, but of pissing off some bureaucrat back at headquarters.
He was willing to endanger the lives of twenty men so that he could make his schedule". Yet this is the very same accusation that his crew made of him, and for which they are suing the Maersk company and holding Phillips responsible for the whole ordeal.
Phillips makes no such mention of the lawsuit I would imagine he is legally unable to do so due to the pending litigation but nonetheless it seems no moral morass for him to levy such burdens on others and yet dust them off himself. Though the authorship is accredited also to a Stephan Talty, the narrative jumps a little here and there and acts as more of a highlight reel to Phillips past more than the actual event itself.
Time and again I also felt that I would never say the things to the pirates that Phillips did, but then, I was never a merchant marine. All things being equal, I can't imagine the situation and I would never want to experience that hell. So, an amazing event that unfolded before the media that ended in a win for America and Phillips and his family, but a book that seems to miss the forest for the trees that are Phillips ego. View all 4 comments. Oct 14, Julie Dennis rated it it was amazing.
Great book for the weekend I've never considered the risk that they face to do their job every day and how in times of war, the navy and merchant ships work dependently and independently of each other. The navy depends on them for ammunition while the merchant ships require protection in order to complete the deliveries. All o Great book for the weekend All of the captains of merchant ships know there are good routes and bad routes and they all have to make a living However, captain Phillips never imagined how much the pirates would know about his ship on this route Luckily, the outcome depended on who could outwit the other Also looks into the mindset of the Somali pirates and gives the reader a glimpse into their desperate situation and what they are willing to do in order or not only survive.
These pirates despise Americans, yet want everything Americans have. People who loved the feelgood story of a courageous sea captain fighting against pirates and heroically sacrificing himself for the greater good will probably want to skip this review. People with a low tolerance for high-handed arrogance would do well to skip this book. First off, I read it because I saw the movie and wanted to know how it compared to the true story.
The first problem, however, is that Captain Philips is no Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks has a sense of humility that keeps him grounded, an People who loved the feelgood story of a courageous sea captain fighting against pirates and heroically sacrificing himself for the greater good will probably want to skip this review. Tom Hanks has a sense of humility that keeps him grounded, and a sense of shame that should have kept him out of this mess. The second problem is that this isn't really a true-true story.
But I'll get to that in a minute. First, Richard Philips comes across here as a self-righteous, inconsistent, one man PR firm, and he's his only client. The book opens with the tensest moment in the lifeboat, pirates panicking, a gun to his head, but he's inconsistent even here, unable to keep straight from one sentence to the next how he was sitting or standing or kneeling or whether his hands were tied in front of him or stretched up over his head.
Even while describing a single incident spanning a matter of minutes, his position changed so much I wondered if he wasn't so much tied as on a leash. A long leash. Later, when he tells the entire story again, this problem will be much worse. He repeats a lot of things, but the confused bits don't get any clearer from it. Then it goes back to his childhood and how tough he was, not like those "milquetoasts" and "bookish nerds" who just "hid their rooms until it was time to leave for college" due to not being able to walk down the street in his neighborhood.
Not that good old Rich wasn't smart enough for college, because he totally went, he just quit after a year because it wasn't--physically challenging enough?
Or something. So he drove a cab until he decided to join the merchant marines, and don't be fooled, they're the only true heroes in the armed services. Most ships sunk, most deaths, moved all the weapons, don't get any recognition, no one cares about the guys who do all the work. He's always the guy who does all the work in his stories because all of his stories are about how awesome he is for doing all the work.
The marine academy was super tough when he went, but don't bother going now because it's probably all politically correct with no one even being allowed to raise their voices, which is probably why all the other sailors on his ship sucked so bad.
Except for the ones who were so old they should be retired. All his former captains sucked, too except one, who was, you guessed it, really really tough , so he learned from them how to be a better captain than anyone ever had been before, making him the captain everyone loves and respects and begs to work with. There's a huge amount of padding here while two authors try to spread about 30 pages of material over pages. He tells enough about his wife and their families for us to learn that their unique sense of humor is juvenile and horrible, and enough of his dating life to know that he's a complete stud who "got around plenty", but is at heart a romantic with lines from love letters that made me wonder at his IQ.
And his wife's, for not only marrying him but also saving the letters as proof that she'd been warned. I can't fathom what would make either of them release their personal dreck in print, to the public. When it comes to the actual pirate situation, Cap is all over it. He's been running drills, ordering up extra security, and bitching non-stop about his "great bunch of guys" crew's inability to get a single thing right, ever.
Much as he complains that Navy standards are too high for a merchant ship, tries to hold half the crew and all of the ship to Navy standards, and dismisses certain unnamed men as being unable to reach any standard at all and therefor not worth training. Then he can't figure out why the ship is taken in about 5 minutes. This is the lack of consistency I'm talking about, which is also funny because in the course of repeating every compliment he's ever been paid, he includes one applauding his consistency.
He has more personal philosophies, mottoes, moral codes, and words to live by than anyone I've ever encountered, and seemingly doesn't notice when they flat-out contradict each other.
I know two people worked on the manuscript, but didn't he read it? Oh, and according to his wife, he survived because she prayed for him. Even though she's a "bad Catholic" and "a bit of a heathen". So she started thinking about their "family motto"--one of possibly several hundred--"God is good, all the time.
All the time, god is good", and got her friends saying it and they sang it in a church, so god rescued him. Because of course he did. Naturally no one asked her if she'd have been singing "god is good, all the time" if she'd woken up with a bad feeling.
And why should we? She had lots of bad feelings over those four days and not a word of praise or "thy will be done" passed her lips then.
But at least giving sky daddy some credit provided a break from Philips grabbing it all and grinding it in our faces. Oh, and after bashing the Navy in really weird ways for literally the entire book, he ends by slobbering credit all over them in a whiplash-inducing reversal as soon as he's in physical contact with one of their ships.
And then ever after. Though he gets the name of one of the ships wrong. And the name and nationality of one of his crewmembers, And just a whole pile of other little facts that apparently didn't matter because they were about other people. Meanwhile, back in reality, this happened: Since I've read the book and seen the movie, let me walk you through the high points. Anonymous sailor says Phillips had a bad reputation for at least 12 years prior, known as a sullen and self-righteous captain.
While Philips doesn't write himself as sullen, and maintains that all of his decent crew members love him, his own words and descriptions of his actions show him to be self-righteous and bizarrely immature.
Like, 14 year old immature. Worst moment for me?
A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips
After agonizing throughout the entire trip about a joke his now college-age son once made as a child about not having a father because his dad was gone all the time and didn't love him, what does he do upon seeing his son again and vowing to himself that he'll never again feel the way he did when he heard those words? Does he tell his son he loves him, always has and always will?
Does he retire from sea? No, he tells his son how much the joke hurt and orders him not to ever say it again. It never even crosses his mind that his son is probably being haunted by those words, too, and that they might be hurting him, too. Instead, he basically tells his son that those cruel words from childhood were on his mind the whole time. Like, last thoughts material. And they might've been, he certainly harped on them enough.
Instead he stresses how, with motherships, pirates can be literally anywhere anyway, so one may as well sail through their front yards as make any effort to avoid them.
Phillips had taken command of the Maersk in late March Left for him, says the crew member, was a detailed anti-piracy plan now used by all ships per the International Maritime Organization.
Should pirates get too close, the crew should cut the lights and power and lock themselves below deck. Also not mentioned in the book, but plausible by Philips' own account. He refused to discuss possible piracy for as long as possible and berated a crewmember for asking what they should do if pirates board the ship. Philips writes that he didn't want to talk about it because it scared the men, that there would be nothing they could do anyway, and in a last self-serving dig says the sailor should have asked in private before they left port.
Presumably because fewer men would have heard and been scared, but he also makes it clear that a man who even considers the possibility of being boarded by pirates isn't fit to sail in pirate water. Having previously made clear that there was no time to discuss anything with anyone between arriving at the ship and leaving port. He sounds like a man mystified at carrying a spare tire because everyone knows if you get a flat there's just nothing you can do.
Crewmembers suggest things, like safe rooms, and Philips writes that he agreed and was pleased to see them finally thinking for themselves. Later he will repeat many of these things as his idea, as if he hadn't already written the other part. Phillips has admitted that, on board, he got seven e-mails about increased piracy off Somalia — each exhorting ships to move farther offshore by at least miles. Again, no mention of warnings in the book.
The Maersk was miles off the coast, says the crew member, though Phillips has since rounded that number up to Certainly doesn't explain to the reader why he didn't tell the crew he was deliberately sailing them less than half the recommended distance off the coast. In fact, says this crew member, the Maersk veered off course by degrees south — this was during the first attack, on April 8.
Phillips denies this, and says the boat only picked up speed. He may deny it now, but it's in the book. He wrote about doing it.
These are drills we need to do once a year. Again, that's how Philips wrote it. They were doing a fire drill when they saw the pirate boats and he ordered them to finish it.
Took over an hour, by his own account. The Maersk eventually made a narrow escape, and Phillips ordered it back to its original route.
Original route, as opposed to the deviation he says in his book that he ordered, but now for whatever reason denies. He says several times throughout that the ship was "taken", "seized", "in the hands of pirates"--the word "hijacked" got thrown around a lot. It was dire enough when he was writing, apparently. Chief Engineer Mike Perry, who has a small presence in the film, was perhaps the most heroic.
He led most of the crew downstairs and locked them in; he disabled all systems; he attacked the chief pirate, seizing him and using him as a bargaining chip for Phillips.
This guy gets no credit. He's just tough and doing what the captain would have done, if he wasn't SO busy doing everything else all by himself. Though, unlike all but a couple of other men, he at least gets his name mentioned. For some of the crew, it was too much. In their version, Phillips was the victim of a botched exchange.
In , he told ABC News he was taken after promising to show the pirates how to operate their escape boat. His book was packaged as the story of a man who gave himself up for his crew, which Phillips later said was a false narrative spread by the media. The book tries to have this both ways. Everyone was a hostage on the Alabama , only Philips was a hostage, he wasn't a hostage until he left the ship, he wasn't a hero, all he cared about was his crew and he was willing to die for them--and everything he now calls "the media's false narrative" is based on his own words.
Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors. And he's right. A Captain's Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking—the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt.
When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates.
This was it: Richard Phillips was ready. Hachette Books Imprint: Hyperion e-books Publication Date: He married Andrea Coggio in —she is an emergency room nurse—and together they have two children.
Phillips is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Acade
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