- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: US Naval Institute Press; First Edition edition (March 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557503281
- ISBN-13: 978-1557503282
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,594,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jolly Roger with an Uzi: The Rise and Threat of Modern Piracy Hardcover – March, 2000
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However, this is a good faith effort, details are hard to find, but, of course I would have liked more. Much of these incidents are sketchy, little more than a report on ship name, location of attack and what was taken.
The authors do make the point that piracy is still rare, but it is a violent crime and does affect maritime community -- who wants a shotgun stuck in your face as they rob all your personal possession?
The book lacks good methods for crews to counter piracy, "Maritime Terror," although a slimer volume, has more meat on that subject.
The authors spent some time handwringing on whether to carry arms or use firehoses to repel boarders. They didn't spend much effort on what a ship could do to prevent boarding in the first place, other than suggest "wagging the tail."
They did suggest one very good method of combating piracy, which was to insert special forces onboard during hih risk transits under a UN flag, but didn't flush that out in any detail.
Also, I would have liked to have seen an overview of shipping lane traffic, the shippers, their cargo, and how those ships are crewed. They did give gross numbers in a risk analysis, but that could have made a good chapter.
Finally, the risk to pleasure boats was lightly touched on. I would have liked to have seen a map plotting high risk waters, something to avoid. Also, a plot of all incidents and a rating of high risk ports.
Overall, I was dissapointed. I expected a better book from the US Naval Institute.