U.S. Edition

The Pirates of Somalia

Inside Their Hidden World

Jay Bahadur

New York Times Bestseller

Language / Publisher:
English (United States)
English (Canada)
English (U.K.)
Profile Books
Australia and New Zealand
Niuew Amsterdam
Chinese (Simplified)
Beijing Zhengqing Culture & Art Co Ltd.
Chinese (Traditional)
Pushing Hanz Publishing Co., Ltd


In this remarkable book, Jay Bahadur ventures to the troubled mini-state of Puntland, a self-governing region in northeastern Somalia, to expose the lives of the bandits beyond the attack skiffs: how they spend their cash, how they conduct business, how they think and why they risk their lives in often suicidal missions. During his travels, Bahadur talks not only with the pirates, but also with the security personnel tasked with combatting their plundering. Whether chewing khat with the locals, accompanying Puntland’s president or meeting with former hostages who had been confined to their ships for months while awaiting news of a ransom, Bahadur has unparalleled access to all the major players, from government officials to some of the most wanted outlaws in one of the world’s most dangerous places.

Critical Praise:

Brave and exhaustively reported.
The New York Times

Bahadur has borne witness and seen what no other journalist has seen. He has peeked behind the curtain of the pirates of Somalia in their faraway tribal homelands . . . and lived to tell about it.
The Boston Globe

This vivid and intelligent study of Somali pirates uncovers the reckless men behind the nation’s most lucrative business. . . a balanced and fascinating portrait.
The Sunday Times

A punchy and impressive debut...A brave and timely book that reaches far behind the glib newspaper headlines to uncover the hidden world of Somali piracy.
Justin Marozzi, author of The Man Who Invented History

An illuminating guide. . . . Bahadur has probably spent more time with Somali pirates than just about any other Western researcher or writer.
The New Republic

A first-of-its kind book...akes readers through the evolution of the pirate groups from garrulous, self-proclaimed vigilantes who claim they are protecting Somalia’s waters from illegal fishing vessels to the deadly criminal gangs they are today.
The Associated Press

About the Author(s):

Jay Bahadur is a journalist whose writings about Somali pirates have been published in The New York TimesThe Times (London), and The Globe and Mail. He has worked for CBS News and appeared on BBC Radio multiple times as an expert on sea piracy.

Other Editions of This Book:

English (ANZ)

English (UK)

Chinese (Simplified)