On January 6th, 2012 Michael Scott Moore, an American surf journalist from Manhattan Beach, California set out to research piracy in Somalia. A book on piracy was something Moore was interested in doing since first visiting the country in 2008. Knowing the dangers of being a western journalist in the country while visiting during the years previous, Moore came back to the region after meeting a former central Somalia resident while living as a German citizen in Berlin.
Michael is a 1987 graduate of Mira Costa High School and his best known for his literary books Too Much of Nothing and his surfing history book Sweetness and Blood, a story about surfing sub-culture that was named book of the year by the Economist 2010. Moore has also written numerous articles for the Los Angeles Times, Spiegel Online, Slate, Pacific Standard, and the Atlantic Monthly. Moore also previously worked as a theater critic for SF Weekly.