The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina

The Outlaw Ocean

"A riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see.... The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself."--Susan Casey, best-selling author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But p...

Details The Outlaw Ocean

TitleThe Outlaw Ocean
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Politics, Mystery, Environment, Nature

Reviews The Outlaw Ocean

  • Diane S ☔
    An outstanding piece of investigative journalism, describing a world that is mostly unseen but that covers most of our planet. Our oceans and what is happening on them. The author takes us to various places, some quite dangerous. Illegal fishing of Chilean Sea bass where he on a boat chasing a ship fishing illegally. On ships where indentured crewmen from South Korea are literally starved, worked more than human endurance can stand and often sexu...
  • Jenny Javier
    I have been looking forward to reading this book soon as I saw it announced. I have read several chapters (not necessarily in order) and am so blown away with the scope, the writing, and the whole production that took to get all of these stories written. Why is this topic and this book not a bigger deal? I have been recommending it to friends right and left and hoping that it gets the attention it so rightfully deserves. If you wish to know more ...
  • Onceinabluemoon
    I am giving this 4 stars even though dnf, it’s well written, I just can’t bear the topic... so depressing it’s breakjng my soul... I have been listening all day in the garden, the sun is setting with this warm orange glow and I am listening to another horrendous murder and mutalation... I am out, I read to learn and enjoy, this topic is just too heart breakjng, I Quit 😟
  • Grace
    Horrifying and awe-inspiring
  • Jean-Marie
    A confession: except for family vacations, big bodies of water hold no interest for me, nor do looming environmental disasters, since there seem to be enough of these on land. I bought The Outlaw Ocean because in a print world dominated by bad news, fake news, and journalists who increasingly write more about feelings than fact, Outlaw Ocean seemed different. And it is. Ian Urbina has written an exemplary book, up there with Diane McWhorter’s C...
  • Daniel Thomas
    This is the first nonfiction book I've read in a year. In The Age of Trump, I've wanted to unplug and immerse myself in fiction. Urbina has done a spectacular job of reporting on all the myriad ways that governments and individuals use the international waters to skirt the law; everything from human trafficking, illegal fishing, drugs, financial malfeasance. The book isn't a dry recitation of facts, but goes up close and in-depth to report on the...
  • Scott Martin
    (Audiobook) This work explores some of the darker aspects of how human act as they sail and make use of the oceans. As Urbina continues to discuss all the adventures and experiences he had in the creation of this work, it is clear that life on the ocean is as tough as it was in the past. Even with all the technologies and advances in navigation and on the seas is still tough. It is also a cutthroat business, one that takes advantage...
  • Amanda
    I received this book via a Goodreads giveaway, hosted by the publisher. Thank you!This book was great -- it was primarily very readable in style, and its content shocking, engrossing, and thoroughly researched. The author's adventures as a journalist are totally unlike any experiences I've ever had and I can't believe journalists do so much to share just fractions of those experiences. This is a book about crime and law enforcement on parts of th...
  • SarahJessica
    Exceptional investigative journalism that does not succumb to beat narratives or glib solutions. Let this collection trouble your concepts of what separates humans from nature, what is presence and what is void, and how we govern or don't govern ourselves in the presence of so much nothingness. Truly a great read.
  • Hawley Carlson
    I learned so much from this book. It was really insightful and fascinating. It does make you seriously consider become a vegan, but also provides helpful insights into how you can make more sustainable choices and help prevent human trafficking.
  • Vincent Stigliani
    Very eye-opening, important, and engaging read
  • Bob Peru
    good investigative reporting.
  • Jim Gleason
    This series of Times reporter first-had life experiences tracking down the stories of maritime atrocities, sometimes legal, most times illegal, was most interesting to read. Each chapter a well-documented narrative about some aspect of ocean-going human suffering and/or fish tragedy made possible by the seemingly unimaginable yet true account of how our ocean life is being destroyed with the use of modern technology. Driven by both poverty and hu...