This book, although not about pirates, begins with the topic of pirates. In April 2009, most Americans were startled to learn that a U.S. flagged merchant ship, the Maersk Alabama, had been attacked by Somali pirates off the Horn of Africa and equally relieved when the destroyer USS Bainbridge, which happened to be patrolling in the area, arrived to rescue the captain and literally blow up his captors. A sporadic and generally marginal phenomenon across two centuries, the incidence of oceanic piracy has picked up in recent years due to the juncture of rising Asian exports—especially for transshipment through the Suez Canal and the Molucca Straits—and the number of “failed states” around the Indian Ocean.
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