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April 9th, 2010
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Excerpt: 'A Captain's Duty' by Capt. Richard Phillips

''A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea'' by Capt. Richard Phillps.

''A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea'' by Capt. Richard Phillps.

From "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea”
By Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty
Published by Hyperion

Ten days before, I’d been enjoying my last meal stateside with my wife, Andrea, in one of the most beautiful towns in Vermont.

All you see from the front door of my converted farmhouse are rolling green hills, munching cows, and more rolling hills. Underhill is the kind of Vermont town where young farmers propose to their local sweethearts by spray-painting rachel, will you marry me? on bales of hay.

It’s a place where you can walk for three minutes and be lost in a forest so deep and thick and silent you’d think you’re going to trip over Daniel Boone. We have two general stores and one Catholic church, St. Thomas, and the occasional tourist up from Manhattan.

It’s as different from the ocean as the other side of the moon is, and I love that. It’s like I get to live two completely different lives. Read more


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