Urbina, Captain Phillips, Pamela discussed on The Book Review

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Recreation of pamela. What are you reading these days. Well i recently read a book. That i'm just gonna say flat out is one of the best narrative nonfiction books books by journalists. I've ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I urge everyone to read this book. Even if they're not interested in the subject on the surface of the book is called. The outlaw ocean journeys across the last untamed frontier by ian. Urbina who's a former investigative reporter for the new york times. He was here for seventeen years. I actually never met him although he was on the podcast. When this book came out in twenty nineteen this book is about maritime law the lack of maritime law and the abuses of nearly nonexistent maritime law which is to say you know most of the earth as we know is covered with ocean and move of that ocean is not governed by anyone. Anyone i mean there are some loose. International agreements and laws that no one is able to or willing or has the money or desire sometimes to enforce and therefore is a enormous cesspool of international crime. That goes on that everyone is aware takes place and very little is done about it and so there is slavery at sea. There is of course piracy which is probably the thing that we've heard most about people know. Captain phillips people think about somalia but that piracy is all over the place. That piracy is what you would expect. Which is it's theft at sea. And why wouldn't it be rampant because there are no police officers out there. There is no cia fbi. There's there's no one that can cover the huge vast stretches of ocean where all of this crime takes place illegal. Fishing is just one of the many issues in the book that's covered and what you find out will absolutely apol- you not just in terms of the environmental devastation. But the exploitation of workers and exploitation in terms of indentured servitude in terms of outright slavery physical and emotional abuse the conditions that we sometimes read about in developing nations with regard to factory conditions are nothing compared to what it is at. See the detail in this book. I could talk about this for a very long time. I'll say a few things specifically about what makes it so good. It's not just the subject matter. It's the way in which are being structures. His story unlike some journalists where a book is kind of created based off a series of articles. It always feels like a coherent whole. You never feel like okay. And now we're at the next story that he reported and he very definitely inter we behind the scenes. How i did this. He doesn't overly rely on the first person narrative. It doesn't feel like an egotistical book. He explains you might be wondering how. I got this person to talk to me or you may be wondering how i got aboard this vigilante ship. That's going after illegal poachers because you know government will away. He gets them. It's like i. It's worthy of a movie. And then the other thing that i think makes it so powerful is that it's a little bit like when the movie apollo thirteen was being made. I remember there was some kind of interview with ron howard. The director with tom heinsohn which they said we made the decision. Not to embellish this at all because the simple facts of what happened are so insane that it's hard enough to believe as it is like. There's just no reason to exaggerate. And that's the way this book feels. It feels like very responsible. There's no exaggeration if anything it is very low key and yet for nonfiction book i found it to be one of the most cage ternary books. I have read in a long time. I stayed up late reading. I woke up early to read. I was reading in the middle of the night. So there you have it. The outlaw ocean. I know you've read a great deal of reported nonfiction. So if you're saying it's one of the best things at that's a huge recommendation. It is so good. I i basically. If you don't even if you don't care about the ocean you should read. This book is what i'm saying but let's run on the titles of we already. I read diary of a country priest by his yours bernandinos. I read the magician by collin. Toby and i read the outlaw ocean journeys across the last untamed frontier by ian urbina. Remember there's more. Ny times dot com slash books and you can always write to us at books at ny. Times dot com. I write back not right away. But i do the book. Podcast is produced by the greed. Pietro rossato from head stubborn media with a major assist for my colleague john williams. Thanks for listening for the new york. Times i'm pamela paul..

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