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The Pirates of Somalia

Inside Their Hidden World
Bahadur, Jay (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Bahadur, Jay
Title: The pirates of Somalia
inside their hidden world
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2011
Edition: 1st United States ed
Characteristics: 300 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jay Bahadur
Contents: Prologue : where the white man runs away
Boyah
A short history of piracy
Pirate lore
Of pirates, coast guards, and fishermen
Garaad
Flower of paradise
The land of Punt
Momman
The policemen of the sea
The law of the sea
Into the pirates' lair
Pirate insider
The cadet and the chief
The freakonomics of piracy
The road's end
Epilogue : the problems of Puntland
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 030737906X
9780307379061
Branch Call Number: 364.164096773 B1511p 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Bahadur, Jay Travel Somalia Puntland Somalia Politics and government 1991- Puntland (Somalia) Economic conditions Hijacking of ships Somalia 21st century Piracy Somalia 21st century Pirates Somalia 21st century
Topical Term: Hijacking of ships
Piracy
Pirates
LCCN: 2011011731
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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.


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Sep 05, 2013
  • bjessima rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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
  • MicheleJ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

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.

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

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