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

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 pirates?a riveting,thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival. In January 2012, havi Michael Scott Moore, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, incorporates personal narrative and rigoro...

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Title:The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast
Author:Michael Scott Moore
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062449192
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

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

  • Renée
    Jul 25, 2018
    Michael Scott Moore's "The Desert and the Sea: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast" is phenomenal. It is an incredible book of memoir and reportage, personal experience and historical context. The writing is thoughtful, insightful, and beautiful. I wish Moore had never had the ...
  • Robin
    Jan 08, 2019
    I was more fascinated by the possibilities of this book than I was by its realities. The actual story is both interesting and compelling, but its telling, for me, was not. Putting aside my wonder about why anyone would go to Somalia to do a story about pirates, I found the first 50 pag...
  • Adrian
    Nov 10, 2018
    American author is researching modern day piracy in Somalia when he is abducted in 2012. He remains in captivity for more than two years moved continually because of his captors worry about US rescue attempts. He spent a good portion of this time on a docked freighter with the Asian cr...
  • Debby Stassek
    Sep 21, 2018
    Journalist Michael Scott Moore went to Somalia to interview a Somali pirate but his local contacts betray him and he ends up being captured and held for ransom. "You have made a mistake, mistakes are human," he is told by one of his captors. He spends the next two and a half years i...
  • David Hill
    Aug 24, 2018
    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 y...
  • Hillary
    Nov 04, 2018
    This was an engrossing read, made all the more harrowing because the author is an acquaintance of mine. ...
  • Nicola
    Jan 23, 2019
    I'm going against the grain here, because this book has had rave reviews. Well, folks, it's an interesting enough tome and I feel bad being critical of it because, heaven only knows, Michael Scott Moore underwent an ordeal that likely would have killed me. But, in his telling of it, I ...
  • Ashley
    Sep 12, 2018
    A harrowing story for sure. Read this one for book club and found it interesting. But it also tended to drag a bit (I mean the dude was hostage for over 2 years, so yeah some of it's kind of boring....) so I skimmed a bunch. Also since it was written by a journalist, I found some of it...
  • Peter Franklin
    Dec 29, 2018
    Quite an interesting story to read. As I am short-sighted I can sympathise with the author having to go almost a 1000 days without his glasses. Much of his time in captivity was boring for him and also for his captors, some of whom were treated him not too harshly but others were much ...
  • Lynn  Davidson
    Aug 23, 2018
    This is the very interesting true story about the author's harrowing experience as a journalist whose desire to interview pirates lead to his kidnapping and over 2 years as a hostage in Somalia. ...
  • John Wood
    Oct 08, 2018
    The author went to Somalia to explore the piracy epidemic, for possible solutions but didn't expect to do such in-depth research. After being held captive for 977 days he got to know his captors and fellow captives quite well. He paints a picture of a disorganized, misinformed band of ...
  • Koen
    Sep 03, 2018
    It doesn't get much better than this. An absolutely stunning book by Michael Scott Moore about his mind boggling 977 days as a Somali pirate hostage. That's two years and eight months! That in itself is a worthwhile story but with Moore's writing this became an epic 464 pages of jo...
  • Jenny
    Dec 10, 2018
    This was very interesting, if a bit long. ...
  • Mel
    Aug 12, 2018
    My husband read this and afterward said "read it". And I am glad I did, Michael Scott Moore has written an incredible story about a horrific situation. The way he humanizes his cruel, but ridiculous Somali guards is a testament to his talented writing and his generous spirit. By the ti...
  • Corinne
    Aug 02, 2018
    Surprisingly boring ...
  • Carole
    Feb 11, 2019
    The author (a journalist) did an excellent job telling the details of his kidnapping. Not only did he tell his story but also gave good background on the beginning of pirates and other areas too, including about Muslims. ...
  • Jean
    Aug 18, 2018
    This is a fascinating story about the three years of Moore?s captivity by Somali pirates. Moore is a journalist and a gifted storyteller. Moore used his journalist tools of observation, interviewing techniques, and his interest in people?s stories to help him survive and then write...
  • Omar Alshaker
    Oct 03, 2018
    Very well-written. Keeps you excited the whole time without any cheesy added dramatization. The audio version is remarkable. The narriation is absolutely brilliant. You could tell every character apart without waiting for context! Loved it. ...
  • Ellen
    Jul 31, 2018
    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. ...
  • Sara
    Aug 13, 2018
    I am amazed that a 450 page book about almost three years of captivity was so engrossing. I didn't realize how good a job Moore had done evoking what his captivity was like until the end of the book when he is finally released. Before he even tells you of his reaction to freedom, you c...
  • Lily
    Aug 09, 2018
    It is hard to believe that Michael Moore actually survived his harrowing ordeal of captivity by the Somalis. He asked himself early on (and many times during captivity) what he was thinking by going into a dangerous place even if it was to be an investigative journalist trying to find...
  • Cindy Vallar
    Aug 20, 2018
    As a reporter for Spiegel Online, Michael Moore covered a piracy trial ? the first held in Germany in over four hundred years. What he learned piqued his curiosity to know more about Somali pirates, so he accompanied Ashwin Raman, a documentary maker and war correspondent for German ...
  • da AL
    Dec 07, 2018
    A commentary on heroism, journalism, survival, and sanity. How do journalists report on dangerous situations and emerge with body and soul intact? In some ways one may, in others one can't entirely... The author intelligently and vividly discusses how and why he survived almost 3 years...
  • Jan McDonald
    Aug 23, 2018
    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 sti...
  • Nila Novotny
    Sep 28, 2018
    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, negotia...
  • Zack Kennedy
    Oct 18, 2018
    The text below is notes I've taken for a resource review. It will give you an idea of what the book is like though, so I figured I'd include it. Spoilers. -Author Michael Scott Moore an American who lives in Germany was inspired to go to Somalia to write a book about piracy and ...
  • Mark Humphries
    Aug 08, 2018
    Captivating story. So thought provoking and so well written. ...
  • Lily M
    Oct 21, 2018
    My favorite aspect of this book was the insight the author provides into his own mind as a reaction to the dangerous and often absurd circumstances in which he finds himself. I was also fascinated to learn about the world of Somali pirates and the behind-the-scenes of commercial fishin...
  • Scott K Bozarth
    Jan 04, 2019
    Twice as long as it should be. It?s a good story. Possibly even a great story, but it starts to drag early on and doesn?t pick up again until the very end. It was a chore to read, and that?s a shame because it?s an amazing thing to have lived through. ...
  • Michelle Cortado
    Aug 16, 2018
    Fantastic! I love the tone and matter of fact attitude that he presents such a incredible true through. An epic tale of greed and the human spirit ...