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 ...
  • Shaun
    Sep 04, 2018
    The book was engaging and interesting in the beginning. The author was kidnapped by Somali pirates and lived for over 2 years in captivity, but the ending was less satisfying for me and a bit of a letdown. Great story and many trials to deal with and overcome, but the way it ended was ...
  • Kelly
    Aug 31, 2018
    Fascinating to hear such a different life, world, cultures in detail. Informative, heart wrenching at times, and left me pensive. ...
  • 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...
  • Jade Belzberg
    Aug 13, 2018
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  • Fritzov
    Sep 13, 2018
    Very interesting book about real time pirates and the man they captured. ...
  • Marianne
    Aug 19, 2018
    Riveting. Well written, introspective account by a man who was kidnapped and held hostage by Somalian terrorists. Sensitive and introspective, so finely drawn that I could feel the terror and uncertainty and the anger. ...
  • Steve
    Sep 04, 2018
    An amazing story of perseverance and survival. The author worked as a journalist and went to Somalia to do a story about piracy. Little did he know he was taken hostage and held for more than two and a half years, being moved around from camps around the desert to prison houses.This bo...
  • 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...
  • Erick Njenga
    Sep 13, 2018
    Decent book but it lacked details on how and how much ransom was paid. ...
  • Kayley
    Aug 31, 2018
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  • Charlie
    Aug 12, 2018
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    Aug 14, 2018
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  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Calisto
    Jul 30, 2018
    very well written.... the fears and the frustrations ..come out so very clearly ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jane
    Aug 31, 2018
    Despite the desperate circumstances, I thought I'd have a more intimate look into the goings-on of the piracy. I thought I'd feel more horror, empathy, and am wondering if this is because the book "tells," instead of "shows." ...
  • 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...
  • Jerry
    Sep 05, 2018
    Very scary but shows how the human spirit overcomes ...
  • Thaddeus Sweet
    Aug 14, 2018
    Inside the hostage... Comprehensive research, history, storytelling, and deep psychological insights from the author/captive made this a fascinating read. While the text seemed long and moved slowly at times, this quality helped reinforce the true experience of captivity. ...
  • Mark Humphries
    Aug 08, 2018
    Captivating story. So thought provoking and so well written. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Flowergarden24
    Aug 31, 2018
    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 ...