Multcolib Picks: If you like Captain Phillips
Annotation:This is the memoir of Richard Phillips upon which the movie is based. There is more material here about his personal life and inner thoughts than in the movie.
Annotation:The author, Terry McKnight, commanded the multinational naval task force initially charged with combating piracy off the Somali coast and was in command when American SEALs freed Richard Phillips. In this book he not only details his experience but also delves into the causes of Somali piracy and suggests solutions.
Annotation:A look into the world of Somali piracy. The author embedded himself with Somalis to discover their motives and the global forces that have led many of them into a life of piracy.
Annotation:This powerful documentary details the reality of piracy along the Horn of Africa. The filmmakers interviewed pirates, their hostages, and ship owners to understand what is behind the rise of criminal activity on the high seas in the modern world.
Annotation:In this Danish film, the MV Rozen is captured by Somali pirates and held for ransom. The ship owners in Denmark negotiate for the crew’s release but balk at the cost. Talks drag on for months leaving the crew in limbo under deteriorating conditions as the negotiators suffer their own psychological trauma. Enjoy this realistic psychological drama.
Annotation:In this action-packed military adventure, Somali pirates seize a freighter with a very dangerous, secret cargo. Only a team of elite Air Force pararescuers is close enough to retake the ship and save one of their own secretly aboard. If they don’t succeed quickly, the ship will be destroyed regardless of who dies in the process.
Annotation:Stephen Coonts writes a fast-paced techno-thriller in which Somali pirates seize a cruise ship with over 800 passengers onboard. The pirates want more than the ransom and after a failed rescue attempt leaves many passengers dead, it is up to American Special Forces to end the crisis.
Annotation:Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, which was the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.
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Captain Phillips tells the true story of the container ship Maersk Alabama which was captured by Somali pirates in April 2009. At the center of the film is the relationship between the eponymous captain and his Somali captor, Muse. Even though most of the audience knows how it ends, this is still a nail-biting thriller. Learn more about Somalia and modern piracy by exploring the titles on this list. -Rod M.