Pirate State

Pirate State
Pirate State

Pirate State

Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea
By Peter Eichstaedt


224 Pages, 6 x 9

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ISBN 9781569767740

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2010)
Lawrence Hill Books


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The evolution of contemporary piracy from small bands of fishermen to a highly organized criminal enterprise
Providing a timely and never-before-seen perspective on the ever-increasing menace of Somali pirates, this account shows how the cargo ship and oil tanker hijackings and ransoms in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean have turned one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes into one of the most dangerous. By way of one-on-one interviews with pirates, their associates, their victims, and those who police them, the book reveals piracy’s origins, tactics, and increasing links to terrorists in Somalia, East Africa, and the Middle East, including Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. These sources point to a scenario in which Somali pirates might not just be out for themselves; they may be a part of a larger, more sinister infrastructure of global financiers and Islamic extremists that—if not dealt with soon—could greatly destabilize the region and perhaps threaten United States national security.


"Clear, expert reporting on a region of which many Americans may be unaware." —Kirkus Reviews

"[A] compelling book . . . [Eichstaedt's] even-handed polished style, and impressive documentation let the horrors and ramifications of piracy speak for themselves." —Publishers Weekly web-exclusive reviews (February 28, 2011)

"Peter Eichstaedt traveled through some of Africa’s most dangerous territory to piece together the inside story of Somalia’s pirate scourge. . . . Exhilarating, exhaustive, and written with a passion for a troubled land."  —Rob Crilly, journalist and author, Saving Darfur

"This no-holds-barred book should be on the desk of every politico in our nation and beyond. . . . A gripping, page turner. . . . Not a single person can afford to walk away and continue to believe that this is an 'African Problem'; this is a world problem."  —Salem-News.com

"Disentangles the complex web of greed, extremism, and sheer desperation that manifests itself in the increasingly bold attacks by Somali pirates. . . . [Eichstaedt] passionately makes the case that the world cannot afford to ignore the threat posed by the continuing chaos in the Horn of Africa." —Dr. J. Peter Pham, senior fellow and Africa project director, National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and editor-in-chief, Journal of the Middle East and Africa

Author Biography

Peter Eichstaedt is a veteran journalist, the former a senior editor for Uganda Radio Network, and the author of First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army and If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans. He lives in Denver, Colorado.