Pirate State: Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea

Pirate State: Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea

by Peter Eichstaedt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1569763119

ISBN-13: 2901569763116

Pub. Date: 10/01/2010

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

In 2009, the United States was hit broadside by Somali pirates who attempted to capture the U.S. flag ship Maersk Alabama. Suddenly, the pirates were no longer a distant menace. They had thrust themselves onto the American stage.

            Are the Somali pirates a legion of desperate fishermen

Overview

In 2009, the United States was hit broadside by Somali pirates who attempted to capture the U.S. flag ship Maersk Alabama. Suddenly, the pirates were no longer a distant menace. They had thrust themselves onto the American stage.

            Are the Somali pirates a legion of desperate fishermen attacking cargo ships and ocean cruisers to reclaim their waters? Or is piracy connected to crime networks and the madness that grips Somalia? What threats do pirates pose to international security?

            To answer these questions, Peter Eichstaedt crisscrosses East Africa, meeting with pirates both in and out of prisons, talking with them about their lives, tactics, and motives. Ultimately, he comes face-to-face with a former fighter with Somalia’s brutal Islamic al-Shabaab militia. He discovers that piracy is a symptom of a much deeper problem: Somalia itself.

            Pirate State explores the links between the pirates, global financiers, and extremists who control southern Somalia and whose influence extends across the Gulf of Aden into Yemen and connects to extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Somali pirates are desperate and dangerous men who will do just about anything for money, and Pirate State argues that turning a blind eye to piracy and the problems of Somalia is inviting a disaster of horrific proportions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901569763116
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
224

Table of Contents

Contents

Map,
Prologue: The Pirates' Call,
1 Attack on the Alabama,
2 Pirates and Prisons,
3 Cauldron of Chaos,
4 Method to the Madness,
5 Inside a Hijacking,
6 Nightmare on the Delta,
7 Ten Months in Hell,
8 Malaise in Mombasa,
9 Desperation at Dadaab,
10 Haven for Terror,
11 Fighting Back,
12 Sailors Take Warning,
Epilogue: A Modest Proposal,
Acknowledgments,
Notes,
Index,

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