“Our planet is 70% ocean and yet to watch the TV or read the papers you'd have little idea humans ever ventured offshore. Thanks to Ian Urbina for beginning to close the reporting gap, and for showing the high drama to be found on the high seas.”
— Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

The Outlaw Ocean is a riveting, terrifying, thrilling story of a netherworld that few people know about, and fewer will ever see. As Ian Urbina ventures into the darkest folds of the high seas, his courage—and his prose—are breathtaking. The soul of this book is as wild as the ocean itself.”
Susan Casey, best-selling author of The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks, and Giants of the Ocean

“Not just a stunning read, this book is a gripping chronicle of the watery wild west and it shows us—frankly unlike anything I've read before—how global indifference can trap innocent people in endless cycles of exploitation, how the vast ocean has become a danger zone, and ultimately how we all pay a price for this mayhem and mistreatment."
John Kerry, former Secretary of State and founder of the Our Ocean Conference

“Imagine a fantasy movie in which an explorer from Earth arrives on the surface of a living planet, to discover a lawless place where brutality is the only order and greed and fear the only motivators. Welcome to The Outlaw Ocean. In this utterly groundbreaking, often disturbing book, Ian Urbina has put his life on the line to lay bare the stunning inhumanity that reigns unchecked over two-thirds of Earth’s surface. This constantly astonishing book is seasoned with rare heroes—the author himself among them—who at great risk have weaponized their lifelong quest to shine righteous light and apply justice to the cruel anarchy that reigns over the majority of the planet.”
Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words and Song for the Blue Ocean

“In The Outlaw Ocean, Ian Urbina offers a gripping series of portraits of scofflaws, renegades, con men, vigilantes, and activists whose combat on the open seas has profound effects on our everyday lives and the world we inhabit. It's a wild adventure story and terrifying cautionary tale that should not be missed."
— Sam Walker,  former deputy enterprise editor of The Wall Street Journal and author of The Captain Class

“One of the most extraordinary investigative series."
Joe Sexton, Senior Editor at Pro Publica

“By far some of the best reporting I’ve read in a long time.”
— Shibhani Mahtani, Myanmar reporter for The Wall Street Journal

“Fascinating. Eye-opening. A tour de force.”
— Rick Berke, Editor of Politico

“One of the best things I’ve read...”
— Richard Deitsch, Writer for Sports Illustrated

“What the best journalism is all about.”
— Ted Botha, Author

“Hard to imagine a more important piece being published.”
— Corby Kummer, Senior Editor at The Atlantic

“An incredible report.”
— Jonathan Chait, Writer for New York Magazine

“A fascinating story!”
— Claudia Eller, Editor of Variety

— Oliver Franklin-Wallis, Contributing editor at Wired

“Searing, investigative work.”
— Rob Gregory, President of Newsweek Daily Beast

“Made me so envious.”
— Brad Wieners, Deputy Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek

"It's this kind of hard-assed reporting that can ultimately change the world for the better."
— Chris Dixon, Editor of The Scuttlefish

“This is just incredible investigative work.”
— Naomi Klein, Author

“You simply must read this.”
— Karen Tumulty, National Correspondent for the Washington Post

“The best series I’ve read in years.”
— William Brangham, Correspondent for PBS Newshour

“Highly original.”
— Miles Moffeit, Investigative Reporter for The Dallas Morning News

“Excellent piece of reporting.”
— Eleanor Clift, Reporter for The Daily Beast