Pirate State by Peter Eichstaedt
Inside Somalia's Terrorism at Sea

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Providing a timely and never-before-seen perspective on the ever-increasing menace of Somali pirates, this account shows how the cargo ship and oil tanker hijackings and ransoms in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean have turned one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes into one of the most dangerous. By way of one-on-one interviews with pirates, their associates, their victims, and those who police them, the book reveals piracy’s origins, tactics, and increasing links to terrorists in Somalia, East Africa, and the Middle East, including Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. These sources point to a scenario in which Somali pirates might not just be out for themselves; they may be a part of a larger, more sinister infrastructure of global financiers and Islamic extremists that—if not dealt with soon—could greatly destabilize the region and perhaps threaten United States national security.


About Peter Eichstaedt

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Peter Eichstaedt is a veteran journalist, the former senior editor for Uganda Radio Network, and the author of First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army and If You Poison Us: Uranium and Native Americans.
Published October 1, 2010 by Chicago Review Press. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Under such circumstances, attacking a giant tanker in a small skiff made sense, and some suggested that piracy had evolved “into a sophisticated and well-organized industry.” Piracy on this scale, writes the author, must have clandestine backers, funding from other African and Islamist states tha...

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Beginning with the dramatic re-telling of Maersk Alabama's capture by a small group of pirates and its eighteen year old leader, Eichstaedt then discusses the tiered payment system for the pirates and the countless individuals vying for the million dollar ransoms.

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