Multcolib Picks: If you like Captain Phillips

A Captain's Duty
A Captain's Duty Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea By Phillips, Richard Book - 2010 364.164092 P5628c 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Pirate Alley
Pirate Alley Commanding Task Force 151 Off Somalia By McKnight, Terry Book - 2012 364.164096773 M1595p 2012 Available in some locations

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.

The Pirates of Somalia
The Pirates of Somalia Inside Their Hidden World By Bahadur, Jay Book - 2011 364.164096773 B1511p 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Stolen Seas
Stolen Seas Tales of Somali Piracy DVD - 2013 DVD 364.164 STOLEN All copies in use Availability details

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.

Kapringen DVD - 2013 Danish DVD Foreign KAPRINGEN Available in some locations

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.

The Devil's Waters
The Devil's Waters By Robbins, David L. Book - 2012 FICTION ROBBINS 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Pirate Alley
Pirate Alley By Coonts, Stephen Book - 2013 FICTION COONTS 2013 Available in some locations

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.

Captain Phillips
Captain Phillips DVD - 2014 DVD Drama CAPTAIN Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 115 copies

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.

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