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A Captain S Duty

Author : Richard Phillips
ISBN : 9781401395117
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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." --President Barack Obama It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged cargo ship which was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors. "It never ends like this," Captain Phillips said. 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: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.

Modern Day Pirates

Author : John M. Dunn
ISBN : 9781420507966
Genre : Young Adult Nonfiction
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The BBC reports that modern day pirates are organized gangs that take people prisoner, steal money, and pilfer expensive goods. Since 1992, approximately 3,583 pirate attacks have taken place, and 340 crew or passengers have been killed. The most dangerous areas for modern piracy are the Malacca Straits, the coast of Somalia, the South China Sea, the coast of Iraq, and the Niger Delta. This book provides thorough and balanced information on modern-day piracy. Its visually appealing presentation and compelling examples provide ample context about the effects and frequency of piracy in the modern era.

Great Wartime Escapes And Rescues

Author : David W. Mills
ISBN : 9781440859168
Genre : History
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Students, military historians, and casual readers will all find this compelling collection useful in learning about escape strategies, hostage situations, and rescue operations during times of conflict. • Provides readers with a global collection of wartime rescues and escapes • Offers a broad review of rescues and escapes from multiple conflicts across history • Includes engaging sidebars that augment the entries • Provides readers with an extensive resource list for further reading

Pirate Hunting

Author : Benerson Little
ISBN : 9781597972918
Genre : History
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For thousands of years pirates, privateers, and seafaring raiders have terrorized the ocean voyager and coastal inhabitant, plundering ship and shore with impunity. From the victim's point of view, these attackers were not the rebellious, romantic rulers of Neptune's realm, but savage beasts to be eradicated, and those who went to sea to stop them were heroes. Engaging and meticulously detailed, Pirate Hunting chronicles the fight against these plunderers from ancient times to the present and illustrates the array of tactics and strategies that individuals and governments have employed to secure the seas. Benerson Little lends further dimension to this unending battle by including the history of piracy and privateering, ranging from the Mycenaean rovers to the modern pirates of Somalia. He also introduces associated naval warfare; maritime commerce and transportation; the development of speed under oar, sail, and steam; and the evolution of weaponry. More than just a vivid account of the war that seafarers and pirates have waged, Pirate Hunting is invaluable reading in a world where acts of piracy are once more a significant threat to maritime commerce and voyagers. It will appeal to readers interested in the history of piracy, anti-piracy operations, and maritime, naval, and military history worldwide.

My Human And Me

Author : Richard Phillips
ISBN : 9781595943477
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Dog training is easier and a lot more fun than you have been told. Enjoy this lighthearted story as the author trains his latest pup with his extremely gentle techniques. Cut through the complexity and teach the four commands that really matter. The perfect dog is the one that fits your lifestyle. It's only a few laughs away and Zack, the felon's witty insights will entertain and teach you how. Numerous anecdotes of this and prior dogs will make you grin, laugh, and learn for your version of that perfect pal.

Confessions Of A Cafeteria Catholic

Author : Richard Phillips
ISBN : 9781469196206
Genre : Religion
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The thoughts contained here have more to do with me and my own perspective of life than the perspective of any one established religious institution, Catholic or otherwise. That is perhaps the goal of all men and women who strive to find themselves and their God while facing the joys and challenges of life, trying to find the faith that keeps them on the path of discovering who they are and what they believe. If we are true to our faith, whatever that faith is, the most important thing is to listen to God, to His revealed message for us personally. God speaks to each of us personally, uniquely, speaking to our own needs. These essays are intended to help open your mind to the possibility of asking questions, not about the veracity of the revealed Word of the Scriptures, but about how we see our relationship with God and how we find our way home. I hope you will find this a useful tool in your own attempt at finding your path.

Captain Phillips

Author : Richard Phillips
ISBN : 9780857502469
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.

De Centering Sexualities

Author : Richard Phillips
ISBN : 9781134648238
Genre : Science
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This book of critical rural geography breaks new ground by drawing attention to sex and sexualities outside the metropolis. It explores sexualities and sexual experiences in a variety of rural and marginal spaces with international contributions from a wide range of disciplines. These include: literary and cultural studies, lesbian and gay studies, geography, history and law. Among the topics uncovered are: * a lesbian in rural England * sexual life in rural Wales * sexuality in rural South Africa * scandal in the American South: sex, race and politics * nature and homosexuality in literature * Derry/Londonderry as a sexual space * how 'country folk' are sexualised in popular culture.

Mapping Men And Empire

Author : Richard Phillips
ISBN : 9781135636562
Genre : Science
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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Second Ship

Author : Richard Phillips
ISBN : 9780981546261
Genre : Fiction
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On the evening of July 3rd, 1947, two starships battled in the night sky over the American Southwest, sending both ships crashing into the high desert. One of these ships was quickly discovered near Roswell, New Mexico, and spirited away, its existence officially denied by the US Government. In August of 2006, three high school students accidentally discover something which leaves them entangled in a dark web of international espionage and intrigue. Pursued by government agents and mercenary killers, they stumble upon something far more terrifying. Now, their only hope of survival may lie within The Second Ship.

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