Stories of pirates have captured the popular imagination for centuries, but the recent spate of hijackings off the coast of Somalia has bought the dangers of piracy into the modern era. What are the lives of modern day pirates like outside of the attack skiffs? How do they spend their money? What clothes do they wear and what is their drug of choice? Jay Bahadur sets out to discover who is behind the masked menaces who appear on the news.
Exploring the politics and history of the self-governing region of Puntland, Bahadur looks at the challenges facing this troubled mini-state as piracy rises - and examines how the UN and other bodies are attempting to deal with the scourge of every sea-faring nation. Evocative and incisive, Deadly Waters is a highly original analysis of the international pirate crisis.