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The Desert and the Sea

977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast

By Michael Scott Moore
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The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast by Michael Scott Moore

In The Desert and the Sea (2018), journalist Michael Scott Moore recounts his experience of being held hostage by Somali pirates. Moore gives an insightful account of his own plight while also managing to empathize with those who held him captive. The blinks chronicle his inner turmoil over the course of the ordeal and look to the bigger picture, grappling with how people manage to endure in the worst of circumstances.

  • Journalists curious about the perils of their profession
  • History buffs wanting to know about the legacy of colonialism
  • Armchair political analysts unsure about what modern piracy entails

Michael Scott Moore is a journalist and author from California. His work has appeared in Spiegel Online, Atlantic Monthly and the New Republic. His previous book, Sweetness and Blood (2010), traced the spread of surfing throughout the world. He has also published a novel, Too Much of Nothing (2003).

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