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BOOK REVIEWS alike—i.e., anyone concerned with the fate of the region. Few will be let down by its well-researched narrative, comprehensive analysis, and convincing recommendations; it pulls no punches and stands out from the growing crowd of manuscripts on the topic. This is without doubt the best book I have read on the subject and I recommend it most strongly. Despite historical and ever-present everyday challenges, No Exit from Pakistan makes clear why neither side can afford to let the U.S.-Pakistan relationship fold and, uncomfortably, why a close partnership is probably unattainable in the short term. The United States is trapped in its relationship with Pakistan; at least in the short term there is absolutely no exit. Col. Andrew M. Roe, Ph.D., British Army, Shorncliffe, United Kingdom PIRATE ALLEY: Commanding Task Force 151 Off Somalia Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, U.S. Navy, Retired, and Michael Hirsh, Naval Institute Press, Maryland, 2012, 272 pages, $29.95 P irate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 off Somalia provides a good look inside the piracy occurring off the coast of Somalia. It is co-authored by retired Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, former commanding officer of Anti-Piracy Combined Task Force 151, which operates in the Gulf of Aden area. To the average reader the problem of piracy appears to be one of numbers—not having enough naval vessels to guard the passage of ships as they transit through the shipping lanes along the coast of Somalia. McKnight explains in extraordinary detail the multitude of problems associated with patrolling this area. From the sheer size of the area (2.6 million square miles), to the endless legal issues (such as who has jurisdiction over captured Somalia pirates operating a hijacked boat from Yemen that attacked a Panamanian flagged shipped crewed by Filipinos that set sail from Dubai going to Kenya carrying food for a UN food program), when Somalia does not have laws against piracy or a functioning government. McKnight describes the nature and character of the so-called pirates not as fisherman at all, but MILITARY REVIEW  September-October 2014 rather as front-line (non-swimming) soldiers fro