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The Outlaw Ocean

Crime and Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier

Ian Urbina

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Vintage
15 September 2020
A riveting, adrenalin-fuelled tour of the unbridled extremes of human behaviour and activity in that vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen- the high seas.

'Just incredible' Naomi Klein 'Gripping and shocking...with the pace of a thriller' The Times A New York Times bestseller, The Outlaw Ocean is a riveting, adrenalin-fuelled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen- the high seas.

The oceans are some of the last untamed frontiers on our planet.

Too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these treacherous waters play host to the extremes of human behaviour and activity.

From traffickers, smugglers and pirates to vigilante conservationists, stowaways and seabound abortion-providers, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world and their risk-fraught lives. Through their extraordinary stories, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries - but to which all of us are connected.

LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE 2019 'An astonishing book about a world most of us don't even know exists' Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland 'An outstanding investigation of a global criminal culture on the high seas' Guardian 'Truly important... A complex portrait of an unseen and disturbing world' New York Times
By:   Ian Urbina
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 129mm
Weight:   464g
ISBN:   9781529111392
ISBN 10:   1529111390
Pages:   560
Publication Date:   15 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ian Urbina spent five years, more than three of them at sea, uncovering the stories in The Outlaw Ocean, which began life as a series of articles for The New York Times that won seven major awards. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times where his investigations have covered oil and mining disasters, sex trafficking, high-school shooting, criminal justice, worker safety and the environment. Several have been made into films, and he has been nominated for an Emmy. Urbina has degrees in history from Georgetown and the University of Chicago, and lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

Reviews for The Outlaw Ocean: Crime and Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier

An outstanding investigation of a global criminal culture on the high seas ... His rendezvous with contacts on at least one occasion was arranged for 100 miles offshore through mountainous waves ... Little wonder the stories he tells have not been told before * Guardian * A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see. As Ian Urbina ventures into the darkest folds of the high seas, his courage-and his prose-are breathtaking' SUSAN CASEY, author of The Wave -- Susan Casey, author of The Wave Urbina has written an astonishing book about a world most of us don't even know exists. These are dispatches from the lawless ocean - of traffickers, slaves, heroes, gangsters, crooks and scoundrels - which will amaze, enthral and appal you (Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland) -- Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland Just incredible -- Naomi Klein Gripping and shocking by turns ... Most of the book clips along with the pace of a thriller ... stomach-churningly tense ... as outlandish and as thrilling as a heist film * The Times *


  • Long-listed for Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2019 (UK)

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