by Ian Urbina

There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But 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, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways — drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, 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. Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.

Interview with the Author

The Book Review
Bringing Down Harvey Weinstein
9/13/19      64 min

Intelligence Squared
The Underworld of the High Seas, with Ian Urbina and Razia Iqbal
10/15/19      39 min

The Avid Reader Show
The Outlaw Ocean Ian Urbina
9/6/19       45 min

When We Talk About Animals
Ep. 26 – Ian Urbina on the Outlaw Ocean
12/16/19        55 min

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