The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier

The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier

"A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see.... The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself."
--Susan Casey, best-selling author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean


A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.

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
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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • KDV

    Wholly absorbing. It's hard to wrap my feeble mind around the years of investigation, miles travelled, and risks taken to write this book. Astounding. Yes, there is an undercurrent of hopelessness and...

  • Onceinabluemoon

    I am giving this 4 stars even though dnf, it’s well written, I just can’t bear the topic... so depressing it’s breakjng my soul... I have been listening all day in the garden, the sun is setting...

  • Grace

    Horrifying and awe-inspiring...

  • Kelly

    Several years ago I read The Outlaw Sea by William Langewiesche (published in 2002), which was a terrific little book. I’ve thought about it ever since. Having worked on a ship for about four months...

  • Holly

    Things are looking bleak....