The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier

The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier

There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.

Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely.

Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning expos�, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.

Title:The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780451492944
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  • Diane S ?

    An outstanding piece of investigative journalism, describing a world that is mostly unseen but that covers most of our planet. Our oceans and what is happening on them. The author takes us to various ...

  • Max

    We follow Ian Urbina as he travels the world to uncover the dark side of life on the ocean. He tells us about the exploited men and boys from poor countries desperate for work who become captives at s...

  • Mikey B.

    This is a remarkable work of journalism. The author gives us a first-rate account of the continual changes in the vast oceans. Much of it is not pretty. The oceans are unregulated and what laws there ...

  • Navi

    This was a fascinating and harrowing account of the dark, seedy underbelly of the oceanic crime world. Each chapter focuses on a specific aspect of the Outlaw Ocean. We are bombarded with gristly acco...

  • Jeanette

    It's more than 3 stars to be fair, but not for me. I can't round it up. 3.5 stars for the content. And 5 stars for Ian Urbina's bravery and guile. But to be honest, this was one of the top 10 most gut...

  • Woman Reading

    3.5 stars As one of the 7.7 billion people crammed onto just 29 percent of the earth’s surface, I love and I fear the ocean in equal measures. When I was younger, warning signs about the fatal stren...

  • Mehrsa

    This book is wild!! If you want to know what capitalism unleashed from all regulation or social shame, see the economy of the ocean. Urbina reveals exploitation and corruption and how easy it seems to...

  • Cynda

    A collection of news articles about overfishing and other activities engaged on the oceans of the world, focusing mostly on Oceania. Urbina finds himself wanting to pursue more information while being...

  • Jenny Javier

    I have been looking forward to reading this book soon as I saw it announced. I have read several chapters (not necessarily in order) and am so blown away with the scope, the writing, and the whole pro...

  • Daniel Thomas

    This is the first nonfiction book I've read in a year. In The Age of Trump, I've wanted to unplug and immerse myself in fiction. Urbina has done a spectacular job of reporting on all the myriad ways t...