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The Fine Print: Jay Bahadur
The Dora Keogh
Please join The Fine Print and Harper Collins Canada to celebrate the launch of Jay Bahadur's daring new book The Pirates of Somalia.
Jay Bahadur has written for The Times (London), The Financial Post, The Globe and Mail, and The New York Times. He has appeared as a guest on BBC 4’s Today program, as well as on the BBC World Service’s Outlook and Newshour. A former advisor to the U.S. State Department, he has also worked as a journalist for CBS News. Bahadur lives in Toronto.
The Pirates of Somalia
For centuries, stories of pirates have captured the imagination of people everywhere. But the recent gangs of daring, ragtag pirates off the coast of Somalia, hijacking huge ships owned by international conglomerates, have brought the scourge of piracy into the modern era. The world sees nothing but opportunistic bands of local bandits, but Jay Bahadur, the only Western journalist to venture so deeply into this world, truly sees how it operates.
In The Pirates of Somalia, Bahadur ventures to Puntland, a region in northeastern Somalia, and tells of the pirates’ lives beyond the attack skiffs: how they spend their money, how they conduct business, how they think and why they risk their lives in often suicidal missions. In the remote pirate havens of Somalia, Bahadur sits down and talks with some of the pirates, their cheeks bulging with khat (the local drug of choice), their cellphones ringing as the men conduct their business. Bahadur also talks to some of the security personnel tasked with combating piracy, as well as with former pirate hostages who lived on their ships for months while awaiting news of a ransom.
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