The absurdity and horror of three years as a hostage by Somali pirates is the theme of Michael Scott Moore’s latest book as well as his thoughtful, gripping talks. He’s an international speaker and bestselling author who can discuss the cognitive skills needed to change to your approach toward any problem — real human freedom, as articulated by Stoics, Christians, and Buddhists.
His signature lecture — “Choose Your Misery: Inner Freedom as a Captive” — will teach audiences how to adopt a liberating mindset and the powerful self-discipline to overcome what seem to be hopeless obstacles.
A gang of pirates kidnapped Michael in 2012 during a reporting trip to Somalia. They held him in bush camps, prison houses, and for several months on a hijacked tuna longliner anchored off the Somali coast. He’s the only modern Western writer to experience life on a vessel captured by pirates, and he survived 977 days as a hostage — over two and a half years — with surprising reserves of Stoic detachment, which helped him find strength in rotten circumstances.
Michael can give more topical lectures on the roots of modern piracy, Islam and hostage-taking, suicide and mental health, human trafficking, “Stockholm Syndrome,” and the sanity of forgiveness. He’s been featured on CBS This Morning, the New York Times, Morning Joe, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, BBC Outlook, Zeit Magazin (Germany), the Joe Rogan Experience, various NPR shows, and many other platforms and podcasts.
His bestselling memoir, The Desert and the Sea, has been lauded as “not only the definitive book on Somali pirates, but a remarkable work of literature, too.” He’s a skilled and witty storyteller who sets people at ease he with his native sense of humor, and he can guide an audience through dark emotional turmoil to the cognitive realignments necessary to transcend the role of a victim.
Languages: German and English. Michael lives in Los Angeles, California.
An eye-opening experience for West Point cadets ... The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point is incredibly appreciative to Mr. Moore, who was a pleasure to host, for his willingness to share his important insights with the future leaders of the U.S. military.
Mike exudes the calm demeanor of a man who has been through so much; a man who was broken into pieces, and who found a beautiful, spiritual way to pick up those pieces and become whole again.
His riveting talk moved and inspired the entire audience with his message of forgiveness and the indomitable power of the human spirit.
Michael was extremely forthcoming, articulate, self-deprecating and unabashedly honest. He was a delight to work with, and I doubt that many in the audience will forget that evening — or Michael — for a long time to come.
His visit to the Sorbonne was one of the highlights of the semester. The students were inspired and moved by his honesty and courage, and his talk prompted many interesting discussions, both during his visit and throughout the course.
Hearing him talk was like listening to a short story unfold.
Michael is represented by the Lucinda Literary Speakers Bureau
UPCOMING READINGS & EVENTS
May 24, 2019
Warsaw Book Fair
Book signing: Pustynia i morze
PGE Naradowy (National) Stadium
al. Księcia Józefa Poniatowskiego 1
June 11, 2019
UC Riverside – June Residency
Guest Nonfiction Lecture
UCR Palm Desert Center
900 University Ave.
February 20, 2020