His essay discusses the connection between piracy and religion by looking at a play about John Ward, a Christian who “turned Turk” and became a successful Barbary corsair.
While each provides important information, the essay I found most intriguing involved the attack on the SS , and the photograph of the subsequent execution of the pirates.
(One term that was new to me was “froth of the sea,” a term that denoted pirates on the South China coast in the past.) These essays focus on the relationship between pirates, ports, and coasts from various historical perspectives, as well as the links between piracy and organized crime, such as smuggling, trafficking in drugs and people, and taking hostages.
Of particular import to any reader of Asian piracy is to understand that it differs from the western concept of piracy, and this is pointed out not only at the beginning of the book, but also in several of the essays.