A unique insight into the daily lives of Somali pirates
What are the lives of modern day pirates like outside of the attack skiffs? How do they spend their money? What clothes do they wear and what is their drug of choice?Deadly Waterstakes us to the heart of Somalia, where Jay Bahadur, the intrepid 25-year-old author has ventured where most journalists fear to tread. As the'go to'journalist for all major media, and with unparalleled access to all the major players, from government officials to local residents - and of course the pirates themselves - Bahadur sets out to discover who is behind the masked menaces who appear on the news.Exploring the politics and history of the self-governing region of Puntland, Bahadur looks at the challenges facing this troubled mini-state as piracy rises - and examines how the UN and other bodies are attempting to deal with the scourge of every sea-faring nation. Evocative and incisive,Deadly Watersis a highly original analysis of the international pirate crisis.
Jay Bahadur is a journalist specialising in Somali piracy. He has featured as an expert on the BBC'sTodayProgramme and CBS News, and his articles have been published inThe TimesandThe Globe and Mail. This is his first book.
'A punchy and impressive debut.Deadly Watersis a brave and timely book that reaches far behind the glib newspaper headlines to uncover the hidden world of Somali piracy.', Justin Marozzi, author of The Man Who Invented History
'This is remarkable investigative journalism. It takes somebody of much daring to venture where he did and come out of it unscathed with such a story. I congratulate him.', Michael Nicholson OBE, former ITN Senior Foreign Correspondent and author of Welcome to Sarajevo
'Bahadur's revelatory journalism and astute analysis of causes and solutions prove far more informative than any TV footage about the contemporary piracy problem.', Booklist
'Vivid and intelligent ... a balanced and fascinating portrait', Stephen Robinson, Sunday Times
'A welcome addition to the limited literature on Somalia and piracy.', Andrew Anthony, Guardian