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  • Published: 15 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529111392
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $22.99

The Outlaw Ocean

Crime and Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier




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 TimesA 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

  • Published: 15 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781529111392
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Ian Urbina

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 TheNew 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.

Praise for The Outlaw Ocean

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

Just incredible

Naomi Klein

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

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

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

Not just a stunning read, this book is a gripping chronicle of the watery wild west and it shows us—frankly unlike anything I've read before—how the vast ocean has become a danger zone, and ultimately how we all pay a price for this mayhem and mistreatment' JOHN KERRY, former Secretary of State and founder of the Our Ocean Conference

John Kerry, former Secretary of State and founder of the Our Ocean Conference

In this utterly groundbreaking, constantly astonishing often disturbing book, Ian Urbina has put his life on the line to lay bare the stunning inhumanity that reigns unchecked over two-thirds of Earth’s surface

Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean

Transcendent, rendering a complex portrait of an unseen and disturbing world. Urbina pursues a depth of reportage that’s rare because of the guts and diligence it requires ... The result is not just a fascinating read, but a truly important document. It is also a master class in journalism" New York Times

New York Times

Revelatory … there is no lack of danger in Urbina’s travels; impressively, he never shies away from it … gripping … this drama is riveting, but so is the endemic abuse Urbina finds … if you want to be a crook, there is no better place to do it than at sea … the laxness of enforcement makes Urbina’s investigations essential

Rose George, New Statesman

Incredible, readable, riveting

Sam Walker, Wall Street Journal

It’s this kind of hard-assed reporting that can ultimately change the world for the better

Chris Dixon, Scuttlefish

You simply have to read this

Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

Staggering

Oliver Franklin-Walles, Wired

Our planet is 70% ocean and yet to watch the TV or read the papers you'd have little idea humans ever ventured offshore. Thanks to Ian Urbina for beginning to close the reporting gap, and for showing the high drama to be found on the high seas

Bill McKibben, author of Falter

Barely a paragraph passes without some fresh outrage, and with more than 90% of the world’s goods travelling by sea, this is no folkloric little economic footnote

Strong Words

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The Outlaw Ocean

Pre-order at: http://www.theoutlawocean.com/the-outlaw-ocean There are few remaining frontiers on our planet... Perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world’s oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation: traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, clandestine oil dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways. Drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, journalist and Parley collaborator Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil, and shipping industries, and on which the world’s economies rely. Follow http://www.instagram.com/parley.tv this July as Ian shares stories from The Outlaw Ocean.

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