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I highly recommend it to anyone interested in first rate, well researched and written non fiction.
Langewiesche is very good at blending travel reportage, investigative interviews, and archival research to create very compelling stories.
The book also has no logical beginning or ending, and I can't see why Langewiesche even divides the work into chapters.
A fascinating and important book. We all know about Somali pirates, but did you know that old-fashioned pirates with big ships still operate on the high seas? I certainly didn't. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew A. Bille
Langewiesche's descriptions of ships sinking at sea are compelling, despite drifting more than occasionally toward the melodramatic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael Moisio
Having read Langewiesche's account for the Atlantic of the massive cleanup effort at Ground Zero, I was impressed enough by his journalistic talent to give this book a try and was... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael
It wanders a bit when trying to tell a story. I read this book on a trip to the beach - ok for that.Published 20 months ago by Kindle Landry
With the news exploding about pirates off the Somali coast, it diverts the public's attention from the more threatening area of piracy in the Straits of Malacca and other nearby... Read morePublished on December 9, 2011 by Brian Maitland
I acquired Mr. Langewiesche's book based, I believe, on a flattering review in The Economist and that by itself shows that the book has to be good. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Charles Poncet
I came to this book as a person who spent over a dozen years in the ocean shipping industry. For me, William Langewische's The Outlaw Sea is a fascinating look at a subject with... Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Leonard Fleisig