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It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United Sta Full description. Add Tag No Tags, Be the first to tag this record! Phillips was captain of the MV Maersk Alabama at the time it was held hostage by Somali pirates during the cargo ship's hijacking in April His book, A Captain's Duty: This book was made into a major motion picture, Captain Phillips, in starring Tom Hanks.


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Marcus Luttrell. Confessions of a Hostie. A Lifetime in Longhaul. Bill Anderson. Colleen McCullough. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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? 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.

He's vague on a lot of stuff, but not how brave and humble and better than you he is. And now Sony's bought the truth from the other witnesses so Philips, with his inability to think for a minute about anything but himself, or be at all consistent while doing that, gets to tell the official story.

But even now the truth is leaking out. Save yourself this horrible book and just read about what happened online.

I vaguely remember the story of Captain Phillips and the Maersk Alabama as it unfolded in I kinda remember the film starring Tom Hanks, but prior to reading this page-turning, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat memoir, I really had no idea what happened over those 5 intense days when the American cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by Somali pirates.

Although I picked up on traces of Phillips' slight braggadocio in the beginning of the book there is definitely a sense of the Merc I vaguely remember the story of Captain Phillips and the Maersk Alabama as it unfolded in Although I picked up on traces of Phillips' slight braggadocio in the beginning of the book there is definitely a sense of the Merchant Marine being the hardest working bunch out there on the ocean, and not enough recognition of it , this book is, at its core, a story of survival, perseverance, and determination to overcome the impossible odds and make it back home.

In April , the Maersk Alabama was on a routine trip, sailing several hundred miles off the coast of east Africa, in the Gulf of Aden, when she was hijacked by a group of Somali pirates intent on holding the prized American crew for ransom. Thwarted by Phillips' quick thinking, and his crew's remarkable ability to play hide-and-seek, the pirates soon realized their best chance was to escape in the Alabama's lifeboat, and take the cargo ship's iron-willed captain with them.

Over the next 5 days, as the pirates tried to make their way to the Somali coast, Phillips fought with everything he had to stay alive while the crew he left behind fought with everything they had to get him back safely. Although you know how the story ultimately ends - Phillips is co-authoring the book after all - the quick and clear writing keeps you in suspense every page of the way, desperate to find out what happens next.

And with remarkable poignancy, Phillips intersperses his experiences on the Maersk Alabama and its lifeboat with those of his wife and two children back home in Vermont, waiting for word on his fate and fighting off the international media camped out on their front lawn.

It is an incredible story, one made all the more remarkable because it is true. Sep 16, Jake Kieffer rated it really liked it. Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama is on his cargo ship doing his job he has done for years now. Phillips and his crew have to withstand multiple life threatening incidents with dramatic and scorching days at sea. Phillips does a great job telling his amazing story through insane moments and how life at home was for his family.

From my point, I remember faint newsreels showing this dangerous event unfolding which made me want to pick up this book once I saw it. Although this story was a fantastic adventure, I felt like it started off a little slow and the buildup to the suspense did not click for me. Even though the start was not as good as I hoped for, the main conflict blew me away. This book would be a good read for people who have experienced dramatic and scary situations or people who love suspense and a very nerve racking plot.

Oct 28, Cathy added it Shelves: I saw Captain Phillips, and ran home and downloaded this because I was curious about how similar the film was to the real events. I guess it's not surprising that Tom Hanks came across more admirable than a real person, but the actual Phillips does portray himself as scrappier and cockier and less statesmanlike than the Most Likable Guy in Hollywood's version of him.

Fascinating to read, although very short and I kind of wanted more backstory about how ships and crews function in the modern Merc I saw Captain Phillips, and ran home and downloaded this because I was curious about how similar the film was to the real events. Fascinating to read, although very short and I kind of wanted more backstory about how ships and crews function in the modern Merchant Marines, and of course much more about Somali piracy and why the pirates did some of the things they did.

But that's not what this book was intended to be -- it's Phillips telling his own story, as he understood it, not an expanded New Yorker article full of research. And on that level, if is gripping. I'm pretty much an atheist but he isn't, and the book makes it clear how much his Catholicism helped him cope during the days in the lifeboat. It seems only right to acknowledge that. Apparently there's a whole other level of controversy about how accurate his account of what happened on the Maersk is, which I don't have any way to evaluate.

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Phillips' memoir primarily covers the time when he was being held hostage in his container ship's lifeboat by Somali pirates. Jan 15, Chris rated it really liked it. I read half the book and then watched the movie and then read the rest of the book. First off, I loved the movie. It was excellent. I also liked the book as a whole. There were a few things that bugged me about the book if I want to get picky. I was on page before the pirates attacked!

I get that you want to give some history and background of Captain Phillips but pages was too much. Also, during the ordeal they kept going back and forth between the Captain and his wife.

I'm not sure too I read half the book and then watched the movie and then read the rest of the book. I'm not sure too many readers were interested in how many reporters were at their house while all this was going on. It was a good read though. I would have given it five stars if it hadn't said the f word times. I hate that. Apr 26, Bonnie rated it really liked it. In some ways this put me in mind of another recently read book-Highest Duty by Capt. Both of these books give extensive details of dramatic incidents that played out live on TV.

Both about modern American heroes, and both about men whose past training and experiences truly prepared them for their defining moments.

This story is told in the words of Captain Richard Phillips-from a dramatic beginning the narrative cuts back and forth between his earlier life and the infamous hijackin In some ways this put me in mind of another recently read book-Highest Duty by Capt.

This story is told in the words of Captain Richard Phillips-from a dramatic beginning the narrative cuts back and forth between his earlier life and the infamous hijacking of the Captains ship and his being taken hostage by the Somali pirates. I found this book to be a page turner, packed with info about the merchant marine and the problem of modern day piracy.