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Pirates of the 21st Century How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans by Nigel Cawthorne

Pirates of the 21st Century How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans


Pirates of the 21st Century How Modern-Day Buccaneers are Terrorising the World's Oceans by Nigel Cawthorne

What started as a patrol to combat commercial plundering of Somali fish stocks has now grown into a highly organised and lucrative business. In a war-torn country, the pirates have brought hope and entire villages depend on the wealth that they bring in - they have even been likened to Robin Hood. But these modern-day buccaneers should not be romanticised - their attacks are becoming more violent and they are increasingly in possession of automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. In this fascinating book, Nigel Cawthorne examines how a phenomenon thought to be consigned to history is once again a worldwide problem: piracy is rife in the South China Sea and has returned to the Caribbean and South America. The author also looks at attacks that have taken place in the Malacca Straits and the fate of the couple making a once-in-a-lifetime trip around the world by yacht. Plus, he questions how the international community and its peace-keeping forces can try to bring stability and security back to the oceans of the world.


An engrossing introduction to modern-day piracy. The inclusion of quotes from those involved is a particular strength. Pirates and Privateers online

About the Author

Nigel Cawthorne

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of A Brief History of Robin Hood, Jack the Ripper's Secret Confession and A Brief History of Sherlock Holmes. His writing has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and from Flatbush Life to the New York Tribune. He lives in London.

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6th September 2010


Nigel Cawthorne

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