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The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast

Michael Scott Moore, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali piratesa riveting,thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival.In January 2012, having covered a Somali pirate trial in Hamburg for Spiegel Online Internationaland funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingMichael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. In a terrible twist of fate, Moore himself was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by Somali pirates. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spiritsphysical injury, starvation, isolation, terrorMoores survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind. In September 2014, after 977 days, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US a...

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ISBN : 9780062449191
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Number of Pages : 464 pages
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  • David Hill

    Moore traveled to Somalia to research a book about the pirates there. He got more than he bargained for.

    You have made a mistake. Mistakes are human. He is told this by one of his captors, early on, and it becomes a bit of a mantra for him.

    Moore spent more than two and a half years in captivity. Two and a half years as a hostage. (view spoiler) For part of his time, he was kept with other hostages, other prisoners, on boar

  • Tammy

    I always wondered what hostages did for years on end. I now have some idea. But it is tedious, so the book is a bit tedious. Also, there were too many characters for me to keep track of. There was a list of names at the back of the book, but I think an index with page numbers would have been more useful.

    I did find it funny that one of Michael's captors friended him on Facebook after he was released! Did the pirate really think they were friends?

  • Sharon Watkins

    Michael Scott Moore is angry, and for good reason. He was abducted and held hostage by Somali pirates for over 2 1/2 years in conditions ranging from bleak to appalling. His harrowing story should have made for a compelling book. Anger, though, however righteous, does not necessarily translate into a good read. You would have to be stone cold not to have tremendous sympathy for his situation, but I found his narrative graceless and lacking in deeper insight into the circumstances that led to his ...more

  • Ellen

    What a great read! Combine a gripping story and a good writer and you have a winner. A thrilling tale of kidnapping and survival under the harshest of conditions.

  • Jan McDonald

    I saw the author talking about this book on "The Daily Show" and Trevor Noah was right when he commented that "The Desert and the Sea" reads like a novel. I could not put it down. Michael Scott Moore manages to tell his story of 900+ days of captivity, mix it with self-analysis and still keep his sense of humor. Writer Moore is a California boy, with family connections that take him to Berlin and then to Galmudug, Somalia, in 2012, where he wanted to interview a pirate. He got more than he wishe ...more

  • Judy

    An account of the author's time as a hostage of Somali pirates. Hard to imagine, after reading the book, how a person could begin to cope with the conditions of his capture and the seesaw of emotions of hopelessness and hope. I learned quite a bit about conditions in Somalia as a whole, none of them good.

  • Flowergarden24

    This showed us great insight into the minds of the pirates and also what kinds of things a person thinks about while in captivity. I liked the way the author wasn't trying to make himself seem like a big hero or tell us of his hardship so we feel sympathy. He keeps saying how he made a huge mistake in going to a dangerous place and causing his Mom and others years of torment as well as himself. It wasn't a self-aggrandizing book. I found it very exciting , honest and very sad.

  • Nila Novotny

    I found this book very interesting. It gives a close up and person view of present Day piracy when the typical view is Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s a very different world out there than what I thought. This book gives names and personalities to kidnappers, guards, hostages, negotiators and their families. Pirates really shouldn’t kidnap journalists if they want to remain mysterious or anonymous. Micheal Scott Moore unwrapped their hidden faces and gave me a real look. The reasoning behind it a ...more