The preface to “The Outlaw Ocean” contains more adventure and insights than many whole books on the maritime world. Ian Urbina heard the call of the sea while studying for a doctorate at the University of Chicago — and has been following that call now for more than a decade writing for The New York Times and as a book author.
And it wasn’t just a call to take a day trip sail or a liner crossing. He’s hitched rides with Thai fishing boats and their modern day slave fishermen, and chased the most wanted fish poachers across whole oceans.
The overall theme: More than you could ever conceive, there is a whole different world out there, ungoverned by any law and as dangerous and romantic as a Star Wars bar.
All of this is served up not just as an adventure story but within a context of cultures, society and law. I’ll post more later. But for now, know this: You should read this book. It is a formidable work and bound to frame our view of the maritime world for decades.