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5.0 out of 5 stars
Impressive debut, 15 Jun. 2011
I bought this book as soon as it came out, and was not disappointed. At the onset of the piracy explosion, the author quit his market research job in Toronto and bought a ticket to Somalia, spending months on the ground and meeting some of the most notorious pirate bosses, including Garaad Mohammed, the man responsible for the hijacking of the American cargo ship Maersk Alabama. Buying his way into their good graces with bags of the narcotic leaf "khat," Bahadur tracks the pirates in their coastal bases and constructs a financial statement for one of the gangs he encounters there. The book is also full of interesting analysis about the causes of piracy and tactics that the international community has tried to combat the problem, as well as the author's recipe for a solution.
All in all, an extremely exciting and fascinating read.