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The Pirates of Somalia: Inside Their Hidden World


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ISBN13: 9780307379061
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tamerisk, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by tamerisk)
Bahadur has gone deep in exploring the causes of this seaborne crime wave, charting its explosive growth and humanizing the brigands who have eluded some of the world’s most powerful navies . . . [He] captures the inner workings of Somali piracy in extraordinary detail.
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Lenny, December 21, 2011 (view all comments by Lenny)
An absorbing and surprising account of the turf war and political strife off the coast of the Horn of Africa. I was riveted to the last.
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tamerisk, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by tamerisk)
Bahadur, by living amid the pirates, acquired firsthand knowledge on how they think, organize and the dangers they face kidnapping ships. He has wrote a very indepth book about this serious problem of seaborne crime wave and the country of Somalia.
The book brings you into 2011 and Bahadur devotes his last chapter on how he perceives the fix-it answers might be.
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Inside Their Hidden World
Bahadur, Jay
Pantheon Books
Crime - True Crime
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9.47 x 6.55 x 1.24 in 1.36 lb

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With continued civil and political unrest and a recent, unusually severe drought forcing food shortages and pandemic starvation, Somalia is a country with a complex history and an uncertain future. That makes Jay Bahadur's account of the infamous pirates that patrol the nearby waters especially significant. Bahadur gained unprecedented access to the men (many of whom had been trained by the government in a series of failed attempts to create a national coast guard) and paints a vivid and poignant picture of their daily reality of desperation and survival. At once shocking and humane, The Pirates of Somalia will open your eyes to the other side of the news story.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The inner workings of the world of Somali pirates are astutely explored by Bahadur, a journalist who embedded himself among them to detail how 'a level of international naval cooperation unprecedented in human history has been unable to stop a motley assortment of half-starved brigands armed with aging assault rifles and the odd grenade launcher.' It's an engaging account, full of solid analysis about the collapse of Somalia and the tight-knit clan and subclan networks that keep a failed state from dissolving into complete anarchy while fostering conditions ideally suited to ocean-going criminality. Few other economic options exist for young men along this harsh coastline, largely because of abusive fishing practices by foreign trawler fleets. The institutionalization of these hijackings has created an economic order among the pirates not unlike other forms of organized crime. Coupled with the widespread addiction to the narcotic herb khat, conditions for wiping out piracy may be impossible to achieve. Still Bahadur's interviews with the pirates reveal that they rarely relish criminality; it's genuine desperation that motivates them. What's especially impressive (aside from Bahadur's sheer nerve in insinuating himself among these dangerous men in a lawless corner of the world) is the amassing of multiple perspectives — of pirates and policymakers — that support a rich, suspenseful account. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A rare inside look...a nicely crafted, revealing report."
"Review" by , "An insightful report...revelatory journalism and astute analysis of causes and solutions that prove far more informative than any TV footage about the contemporary piracy problem."
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