From The New Yorker
For Langewiesche, the ocean is still a frontier, a lawless domain where brute economics always trumps moral considerations. His overview ranges from a story of contemporary piracy off the coast of Indonesia to a portrait of the ship-breaking yards of India, where workers die by the dozen. The centerpiece of his exploration is the sinking, in 1994, of the ferry Estonia in the Baltic Sea, in which more than eight hundred and fifty people died. In harrowing detail, Langewiesche describes the chaossons abandoning mothers, criminals robbing fellow-passengers amid the confusionand then follows the botched investigation that ensued. He makes an eloquent case that the ocean's forgotten corners have become too dangerous to neglect: Al Qaeda has begun to use freighters to smuggle its members across international borders.
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"Astonishing . . . Langeweische's narrative achieves an almost operatic grandeur . . . As [he] demonstrates time and time again in this brave, often electrifying book, [the sea] is a world that is both new and very old, and we ignore it at our own peril." -- Nathaniel Philbrick, The New York Times Book Review
"The Outlaw Sea is impossible to put down." -- People
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Stories of shipping, the Merchant Marines, and of the enterprises -- legal and illegal -- that flourish in the privacy of the open seas
An account of the ocean and the ships and people that sail it; the author makes the case for an unglamourous life filled with danger and seedy actions. Two chapters are devoted to the Estonia, the horrible ferry sinking that claimed the lives of nearly 1000 people. This book is by the author of "American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center."
Very interesting insight in what really goes on in the meritime world