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"Admiral McKnight's valuable book is a frontiersman's account of a maritime Wild West. He puts readers on the flying bridge for an up-close view of the fight against modern piracy on the world's unfriendly seas. His difficult mission would be all too familiar to Stephen Decatur and his captains, and to the lieutenants of the old China Station."
--James D. Hornfischer, author of Neptune's Inferno
"Piracy off the coast of Somalia poses a significant challenge to the international community. In just the last five years, Somali pirates have hijacked more than 175 commercial vessels and taken more than 3,000 of their crew members hostage along one of the world's busiest and most vital shipping corridors, potentially disrupting both regional trade and the global supply chain. Moreover, links have emerged between the pirates and transnational criminal networks and terrorist groups, which give cause for even greater concern. Unlike the armchair analysts and pundits--many of whom have pontificated about this threat without ever having set foot anywhere near Somalia, much less ever encountering a Somali pirate--Rear Adm. Terry McKnight has chased the marauders on the high seas and brought some to justice as commander of an unprecedented international task force to combat piracy in the Gulf of Aden. However, Pirate Alley is more than the memoir of a tour of duty; it is a comprehensive, but accessible, introduction to an important security issue and has the merit of offering practical policy guidance. . . . Highly recommended."
-- J. Peter Pham, director, Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, Atlantic Council, and editor in chief, The Journal of the Middle East and Africa
"Terry McKnight brings unparalleled experience and exceptional insight to bear on how the Navy can better address the modern piracy issue. Nor does he rest on his laurels; he addresses the issue with comprehensive research and interviews, as well as an open mind, as he looks at all the options. He offers ideas and solutions, and then backs them with well-considered reasoning. A must-read for anyone struggling with this complex issue."
--Doug Brooks, president of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA)
"Pirate Alley is a compelling read that vividly shows how difficult it is to deal with the situation in the seas off Somalia. For the first time we hear from a pirate hunter and see the pride of those sailors serving under him, from a variety of navies. But there is also frustration from those like McKnight who must grapple with government bureaucracies, political interference, and commercial indifference to the plight of thousands of people."
--Daniel Sekulich, author of Terror on the Seas: True Tales of Modern Day Pirates and Ocean Titans