by Sukey HowardOctober, 2004
<B>Sukey's favorite</B> When William Langewiesche looks at the sea, he doesn't see a setting for fish stories or hear the siren's call to pack his duffel and ship out. He sees disorder and anarchy raging on three-fourths of the earth's surface. <B>The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime</B>, read with extraordinary skill by the author, explores this lawless expanse where more than 40,000 merchant ships carrying the bulk of international trade sail without national allegiance under flags of convenience, crewed by the Third World's poorest, run by furtive offshore management companies working for shadowy corporations that want only to maximize profit and limit responsibility. Focusing on a few horrific incidents, Langewiesche shows us an increasingly uncontrolled world where modern-day pirates and stateless terrorists can move about freely and hide in plain sight. As disturbing as it is fascinating, <B>The Outlaw Sea</B> raises red flags that should not be ignored.