The Pirates of Somalia

The Pirates of Somalia

Inside Their Hidden World

Book - 2011
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This riveting narrative examines the world of the Somalian pirates: how they live, the forces that have created piracy in Somalia, how they spend the ransom money, and how they deal with their hostages.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307379061
Branch Call Number: 364.16409/BAHADUR
Characteristics: 300 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.


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May 24, 2016

Agree with previous posts that there is a lot of conjecture, particularly around the finance of pirate operations, that it just get's a little too much to read and to be believable.

That's later in the book though, what I did thoroughly enjoy was a little snapshot into the lives of Somali people and the meetings the author had with pirates.

Sep 05, 2013

Just found this a little too wandering and in some places the conjecture seemed entirely invented without much or any basis. Worthwhile sometimes for a peek inside a certain world, I could never tell if the author was being led by the nose and didn't know it, or was just trying to give these people a say.

Apr 14, 2013

Worth reading.......but after awhile it gets all muddled. Too much information.....however...worth at least a try to read through it.

Nov 05, 2011

This is a worthwhile subject and the author does have a section lightly outlining some things he thinks should be done and should not be done. But unfortunately most of the book is muddled. Instead of organizing the book into chapters each of which explores a facet of the problem, he had chosen to use chapters that simply reflect the sequence in which he interviewed people and the text of those interviews (plus his immediate reactions during the interviews. This means that each facet of the overall subject appears divided among several chapters and each chapter covers various subjects to various degrees. So subjects are intermingled, important inferences are usually not drawn and the reader is left to do analysis and synthesis on his/her own.

debwalker Aug 11, 2011

That around the world cruise that goes through the seas off East Africa - crossed off the bucket list!


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