Michael Scott Moore

Journalist, novelist, former pirate hostage

Michael Scott Moore is an American writer living in Berlin. He’s published a novel about L.A., Too Much of Nothing, and a travel book about surfing, Sweetness and Blood, which was named a book of the year by The Economist in 2010. He covered the 2011 trial of ten Somali pirates in Germany for Spiegel Online, then traveled to Somalia in 2012 to research a book. He was kidnapped by pirates and held hostage for two and a half years.
He’s written about politics, travel, and literature for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The L.A. Review of Books. His memoir about the Somalia ordeal will be out from HarperCollins in late 2017, and website can be found at radiofreemike.net