About the Book

There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest and least understood are the world’s oceans. Too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to the unbridled extremes of human behavior — some of it heroic, most of it not. The Outlaw Ocean is a New York Times Best Selling book that explores this lawless realm and the diversity of human rights, labor and environmental abuses occurring at sea. Drawing on more than five years of reporting, most of it offshore, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this world and their risk-fraught lives. A gripping adventure story, a stunning expose, this reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing (and sometimes inspiring) reality of a floating world that connects us all, where anyone can do anything because virtually no one is watching.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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