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In November 2008 Somali pirates seized the Sirius Star a supertanker carrying 100 million worth of oil and demanded a 25 million ransom for its return This story following hot on the heels of the capture of the Ukrainian vessel MV Faina brought piracy back to the front pages but these were by no means isolated incidents Piracy has once again become the scoura Abandoned on p

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Ge of the high seas Throughout 2008 close to 90 ships were seized in the Gulf of Aden alone and in many cases the pirates were paid million dollar ransoms to release them Who are the men behind this modern day phenomenon? What started as a patrol to combat commerical plundering of their fish stocks has now grown into a highly organized and lucrative business Fascinating an

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In a war torn country the pirates have brought hope and entire villages depend on the wealth that they bring in they have even been likened to Robin Hood But whatever their motives these modern day buccaneers should not be romanticized their attacks are becoming violent and they are increasingly in possession of automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade Well this star

  • Paperback
  • 276
  • Pirates of the 21st Century
  • Nigel Cawthorne
  • English
  • 27 June 2018
  • 9781844548071

About the Author: Nigel Cawthorne

Nigel Cawthorne is an Anglo American writer the 21st eBook ↠ of fiction and non fiction and an editor He has written than books on a wide range of subjects and has contributed to The Guardian The Daily Telegraph Daily Mail and The New York Times He has Pirates of Kindle - appeared on television and BBC Radio 's Today programmeMany of Nigel Cawthorne's books are compilations of popular history without footnotes referen.



5 thoughts on “Pirates of the 21st Century

  1. says:

    Abandoned on page 131 of 276 Basically a long confusing list of pirate attacks with no real explanation or discussion of why they are happening if the situation is getting better or worse and what to do about it

  2. says:

    Fascinating and topical non fiction that takes a closer look at a subject that has been in the news fairly often in recent years Most of the book is taken up with an in depth look at piracy off the coast of Somalia The author takes an even hand writing about the pirates' views of what they are doing it's an income as well as the ships' crews it's an annoyance The later part of the book looks at piracy in the Strait of Malacca and a few other places and these places are handled with much less depth In these places pirates are revealed as cold blooded criminals and murderers closely related to the rest of the world of modern crime than to the buccaneers of the title The only reason this book gets four stars instead of five is because it felt rather unpolished It could have done with a little bit editing to sweep up the chapters on Somalia into recognisable themes and to delete some of the minor attacks that are given no than a sentence or two Otherwise gripping

  3. says:

    Well this started out uite well Interesting fast paced; excitement and danger And then the first couple of chapters were just sort of repeated for the rest of the book The chapters were arranged according to geographical occurrence of the attacks but this created confusion because of jumping back and forth in time making it hard to remember whether particular developments described in the book such as initiatives of the International Maritime Bureau had taken place at that stage or not eventually the book seemed to deteriorate into repetitivesomewhat overinclusive and formulaic descriptions of piracy events Perhaps what was missing was some underlying story to tell illustrated by these various accounts Some suggestions of what the author thinks might remedy or improve the situation perhaps? As stand alone articles each of these is pretty interesting But as whole book it was too long too repetitive and just couldn't sustain my interest

  4. says:

    Oh look it's an entertaining enough read but most of the other reviews are pretty accurate—the book is just a catalogue of pirate attacks around the world There is one chapter that investigates the rise of Somalian pirates which is pretty interesting but would have benefited from some extra depth Overall it was enjoyable but you can dip out when you've had your fill safe in the knowledge that the rest is just of the same

  5. says:

    Interesting content but repetitive and would have benefited from some editorial direction No real conclusion or commentary on the issue just a list of piracy events

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