Book Review | “The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier”

The+Outlaw+Ocean+Journeys+Across+the+Last+Untamed+Frontier+By+Ian+Urbina+Knopf,+2019“THE OUTLAW OCEAN: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier”
By Ian Urbina

Anarchy reigns on the high seas as a New York Times investigative reporter travels the world’s oceans.

Early on, Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award winner Urbina (Life’s Little Annoyances: True Tales of People Who Just Can’t Take It Anymore, 2005) writes that the stories he turned up while roaming from port to port “felt less like journalism than an attention deficit disorder,” so bewildering and untidy did they seem, so without unalloyed heroes and villains.

One figure in the narrative, for instance, is a law-trained, poetry-writing sailor whose job is to sneak into ports where ships have been impounded and, on behalf of their owners, steal those ships away; the work is dangerous and utterly demanding. “He struck me as an older Tintin,” writes the author. The good guys in the story are… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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