The Zief Library has made its first foray into audio books with The Outlaw Sea, in which Atlantic Monthly's William Langewiesche reports on the virtually unregulated world of merchant shipping. In the jacket blurb, the publisher writes:
…William Langewiesche explores this ocean world and the enterprises—licit and illicit—that flourish in the privacy afforded by its horizons…. Here is free enterprise at it freest, opportunity taken to extremes. But its efficiencies are accompanied by global problems—shipwrecks and pollution, the hard lives and deaths of the crews, and the growth of two perfectly adapted pathogens: a modern and sophisticated strain of piracy and its close cousin, the maritime form of the new stateless terrorism.
This is the outlaw sea—perennially defiant and untamable—that Langewiesche brings startlingly into view. The ocean is our world, he reminds us, and it is wild.
The Outlaw Sea has received great reviews (see, for example, Chris Patsilelis’s review of the Outlaw Sea in the Houston Chronicle or Richard Ellis's review of the Outlaw Sea in the UK's TimesOnline), and is the perfect complement to Zief's more traditional materials—cases, statutes, treaties—on Maritime Law.
Zief's version of The Outlaw Sea is read by the author and is unabridged. It's available at the Circulation Desk at HE 571 L36 2004 Law Res AV. USF Law School students, faculty, and staff may check it out for 72 hours (and renewals are allowed).