Contemporary Maritime Piracy: International Law, Strategy, and Diplomacy at Sea
James Kraska. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011. 253 pp. Intro. Appendices. Index. $49.95.
Reviewed by Commander John Patch, U.S. Navy (Retired)
The scourge of maritime piracy persists, especially in the Horn of Africa region, yet many defense and maritime leaders struggle to understand this arcane criminal phenomenon. Among the many recent books on piracy, few approach the tangled web of international law and treaties in a way that makes clear to the layman that countering piracy requires a far more nuanced effort than simple “batteries release” orders.