A riveting, adrenalin-fuelled tour of the unbridled extremes of human behaviour and activity in that vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen- the high seas.
Ian Urbina spent five years, more than three of them at sea, uncovering the stories in The Outlaw Ocean, which began life as a series of articles for The New York Times that won seven major awards. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times where his investigations have covered oil and mining disasters, sex trafficking, high-school shooting, criminal justice, worker safety and the environment. Several have been made into films, and he has been nominated for an Emmy. Urbina has degrees in history from Georgetown and the University of Chicago, and lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
Gripping and shocking by turns ... Most of the book clips along
with the pace of a thriller ... stomach-churningly tense ... as
outlandish and as thrilling as a heist film * The Times *
Just incredible -- Naomi Klein
Urbina has written an astonishing book about a world most of us don't even know exists. These are dispatches from the lawless ocean - of traffickers, slaves, heroes, gangsters, crooks and scoundrels - which will amaze, enthral and appal you -- Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland
A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see. As Ian Urbina ventures into the darkest folds of the high seas, his courage-and his prose-are breathtaking' SUSAN CASEY, author of The Wave -- Susan Casey, author of The Wave
An outstanding investigation of a global criminal culture on the high seas ... His rendezvous with contacts on at least one occasion was arranged for 100 miles offshore through mountainous waves ... Little wonder the stories he tells have not been told before * Guardian *