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The Resource The desert and the sea : 977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast, Michael Scott Moore

The desert and the sea : 977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast, Michael Scott Moore

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The desert and the sea : 977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast
Title
The desert and the sea
Title remainder
977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast
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Michael Scott Moore
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Language
eng
Summary
"With echoes of Catch-22 and Black Hawk Down, author and former hostage Michael Scott Moore masterfully walks a fine line between personal narrative and journalistic distance in this page-turning and novelistic account of 977 days held captive by Somali pirates. Moore set off for Somalia in January 2012 after reporting on a historic trial of ten Somali pirates in Germany. He went with an open mind and a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He knew the stories of poor fishermen whose livelihoods were threatened by international fishing vessels; he sympathized with the legacies of colonialism. Near the end of his trip, however, a gang of pirates captured him and demanded a ransom of twenty million dollars. Moore would be stuck in Somalia for more than two and a half years, shifted from camps in the desert bush to barren prison houses, and--for several months--he was held on a hijacked tuna vessel, where he would make friends with a crew of hostage fishermen. As the only Western journalist to witness everyday life on a ship captured by Somali pirates, Moore recounts his dizzying ordeal as a rich and surprising story of survival. After a daring but desperate attempt to escape, he struggles with murderous fantasies as well as thoughts of suicide. Some of his guards--happy to have an American to taunt--suggest his long captivity is payback for the Battle of Mogadishu, the basis for the book Black Hawk Down, more than two decades before. In the face of threats to kill him, or sell him to al-Shabaab, Moore maintains his humanity and his sardonic wit. He relates his captivity with calm detachment, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a hostage with the religious and political factors behind Somali piracy. His wide-ranging narrative brings us into the destitute lives of his guards, as well as memories of his father's self-destruction. The Desert and the Sea falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history."--Dust jacket
Summary
A journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood chronciles his three years of captivity by Somali pirates, offering an exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism and the costs of survival in the process
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Biography type
contains biographical information
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10677550
Cataloging source
BT
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Moore, Michael Scott
Dewey number
364.15/4092
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV6604.S58
LC item number
M66 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Moore, Michael Scott
  • Kidnapping victims
  • Kidnapping
  • Hostages
  • Pirates
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • HISTORY / Africa / East
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast
Label
The desert and the sea : 977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast, Michael Scott Moore
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes glossary of names
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The rumor kitchen -- Underworld -- Living in civilization keeps us civilized -- The ambiguous Asian fishing boat -- Flight -- No God but God -- The hostage cookbook -- Stronger than dirt -- Fugue
Control code
21391322
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9780062449177
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)967079760
Label
The desert and the sea : 977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast, Michael Scott Moore
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes glossary of names
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The rumor kitchen -- Underworld -- Living in civilization keeps us civilized -- The ambiguous Asian fishing boat -- Flight -- No God but God -- The hostage cookbook -- Stronger than dirt -- Fugue
Control code
21391322
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
451 pages
Isbn
9780062449177
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)967079760

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