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The Outlaw Sea by William Langewiesche
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Aug 08, 2007

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Recommended for: just about anyone

This book is a good surface level survey of some current maritime problems, many of which are wild enough to keep most people's attention. I'd recommend it to anyone because most people have no idea what goes on in the maritime industry and are shocked to learn about modern day piracy, conditions seafarers work in, and the way maritime law (like flags of convenience) creates an environment where shady business thrives. Folks should know more about the shipping industry as most of our stuff is shipped.

It did leave me wanting more in-depth analysis. I felt that it was more about shock value than anything else. I would love it if each chapter were turned into a book that had more of an academic feel to it. That's just my taste; it's actually a good read.

I just wish I knew how to contact the friend who let me borrow it. Paul, if you're out there, drop me a line!

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