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About Ian Urbina
He has degrees in history and cultural anthropology from Georgetown University and the University of Chicago. Before joining the Times, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Cuba and he also wrote about the Middle East and Africa for various outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Harper's and Vanity Fair. He lives in Washington D.C. with his family.
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A riveting, adrenaline-fueled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen: the high seas.
There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans: too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to rampant criminality and exploitation.
Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways -- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely.
Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning exposé, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.
What can you do when the world is pushing you over the edge? More than you think.
For some of us, it's the automated voice that answers the phone when we'd rather talk to a real person. For others, it's the fact that Starbucks insists on calling its smallest-sized coffee "tall." Or perhaps it's those pesky subscription cards that fall out of magazines. Whatever it is, each of us finds some aspect of everyday life to be particularly maddening, and we often long to lash out at these stubborn irritants of modern life.
In Life's Little Annoyances, Ian Urbina chronicles the lengths to which some people will go when they have endured their pet peeves long enough and are not going to take it any more. It is a compendium of human inventiveness, by turns juvenile and petty, but in other ways inspired and deeply satisfying. We meet the junk-mail recipient who sends back unwanted "business reply" envelopes weighted down with sheet metal, so the mailers will have to pay the postage. We commiserate with the woman who was fed up with the colleague who kept helping himself to her lunch cookies, so she replaced them with dog biscuits that looked like biscotti. And we revel in the seemingly endless number of tactics people use to vent their anger at telemarketers, loud cellphone talkers, spammers, and others who impose themselves on us.
A celebration of the endless variety of passive aggressive behavior, Life's Little Annoyances will provide comfort and inspiration to everyone who has ever gritted his teeth and dreamed of sweet retribution against the slings and arrows of outrageous people.
In der gesetzlosen Weite der Ozeane gibt es kaum Zeugen … eine mutige Reportage, spannender als jeder Thriller.
Die Ozeane sind die wildesten, gefährlichsten Gegenden unseres Planeten, unwirtlich und unkontrollierbar. Der Journalist und Pulitzerpreisträger Ian Urbina hat auf jahrelangen Recherchereisen Piraten, Söldner, Wilderer, Schmuggler und Sklaven aufgespürt, Umweltschützer und -verschmutzer in Aktion erlebt und seine Erfahrungen in diesem Buch dokumentiert.
Er deckt auf, wie kriminelle Banden auf der Hochsee mit illegalem Fischfang Milliarden verdienen, ihre Mannschaft ausbeuten und sich immer wieder den Behörden entziehen. Ein packender Erlebnisbericht und ein kenntnisreiches Porträt unerschrockener Idealisten, skrupelloser Kapitäne und brutaler Geschäftemacher.