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Blood Ransom: Stories from the Front Line in the War against Somali Piracy

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For the first time in history, the navies of the world have united against a common enemy - a couple of thousand rag-tag, underfed men and boys in the western Indian Ocean. Crammed into open boats and armed with ancient AK-47s, they range up to a thousand miles from home shores in Somalia. No one knows how many die at sea. But occasionally they hit the jackpot, seizing vessels and crews to be ransomed for millions of dollars. This is a war that has estimated to have cost the global economy as much as $18 billion in a single year. Lawyer turned award-winning filmmaker John Boyle takes us with him in this investigation into modern-day piracy. We meet all those involved - from pirates to presidents, naval commanders to negotiators,and heroes to hostages. He addresses why these young men are choosing to risk their lives and freedom; the reality of life as a pirate; the defence tactics used by the international navies and shipping vessels; and what happens next.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781472927682
ISBN-10: 1472927680
Pagini: 304
Ilustrații: Colour photo section
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.24 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Adlard Coles
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Caracteristici

Already in 2014 there has been an unsuccessful attack on a tanker, and a successful attack on a merchant ship, so the story continues. . .

Notă biografică

After studying PPE at Oxford John Boyle ran his own criminal law firm for 15 years before selling up to focus on documentary film-making. Over the past 25 years he has made more than 30 documentaries, which have been sold worldwide via National Geographic. He scriptwrites all his own films, as well as writing and narrating for other producers. Current projects include an underwater series in Mexico as well as documentaries in Indonesia and Cuba.

Cuprins

01 A Failed State 02 Pirates in Paradise 03 The Legendary Land of Punt 04 One of the Oldest Professions 05 How to Be a Pirate06 First Encounter 07 A President on the Front Line 08 Fighting the War on Piracy09 A Reluctant Hostage 10 Complaints about the Food 11 An Unwise Target 12 Naval Force Headquarters13 Talking with the Pirates14 Outwitting the Pirates 15 Best Practice 16 The Container-ship Captain 17 The Policeman Who Didn't Become a Pirate 18 The Law of the Sea 19 From the Old Bailey to the Beach20 The Alba Star Case 21 How to Defend Pirates 22 Omerta 23 A High Price to Pay 24 The Anti-piracy Industry25 Keeping the Ships Safe26 The Skipper and the Pirates 27 Shopping for Pirates 28 Who is Really Profiting?29 Rolly - the 70-year-old Hostage30 The Forgotten Hostages 31 A Man on a Mission 32 The Pirate Captain 33 The UN Ambassador Telling It As It Is 34 No Happy Endings Appendix 1 Appendix 2Appendix 3Acknowledgements

Recenzii

An eye-opening look at what would seem a localized phenomenon but that has implications for developed-developing world encounters generally.
Filmmaker Boyle attempts to unravel the complicated circumstances surrounding the sea-going scourge of Somali piracy in this intriguing study.[its] thorough analysis is enlightening
Intriguing and well-researched
Insightful and accessible.
To drown in a storm might be expected, but to be captured by an angry, gun-wielding teenager is incomprehensible.