THE DESERT AND THE SEA by Michael Scott Moore | Kirkus ReviewsMoore gives an insightful account of his own plight while also managing to empathize with those who held him captive. The blinks chronicle his inner turmoil over the course of the ordeal and look to the bigger picture, grappling with how people manage to endure in the worst of circumstances. Michael Scott Moore is a journalist and author from California. His previous book, Sweetness and Blood , traced the spread of surfing throughout the world. He has also published a novel, Too Much of Nothing Upgrade to Premium now and get unlimited access to the Blinkist library. The Blinkist app gives you the key ideas from a bestselling nonfiction book in just 15 minutes.
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Moore was surprisingly candid about his ordeal and his views on how the US government deals with pirates. Something about the pirates fascinated Moore, and he made the fateful decision to do a bit of adventuresome and potentially highly dangerous journalism by venturing first to Djibouti and Nairobi, then, later, Somalia to sketch a more complete picture of piracy. Moore had made a friendly Somali contact who told Moore he could, relatively safely, put him in touch with pirates.
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Michael Scott Moore born is an American journalist and novelist. He is the author of a history of surfing, Sweetness and Blood , and a memoir about his captivity in Somalia, The Desert and the Sea. He lives in Berlin and also holds German citizenship. In January , he was abducted in Galkayo , Somalia while researching a book about piracy. Moore traveled to Somalia on a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to research a book on piracy. He was abducted by a local gang of pirates in January in the town of Galkayo.
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Please refresh the page and retry. I n early , Michael Scott Moore, a Californian writer "with a weakness for big ideas" took himself off to Somalia to research a new book. Already the author of an acclaimed study of how West Coast surf culture had spread across the world, he wanted to write about some less cuddly Beach Boys — the pirates operating from Somalia's vast, lawless coast. It was, to put it mildly, something of a change of scene. Despite enlisting a trusted fixer with good clan connections, Moore ended up being kidnapped himself. To add insult to injury, a member of the gang that held him turned out to be a buccaneer he had interviewed in the pirate port of Hobyo. Even his captors told him he should have stayed at home.