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Raiders And Rebels: The Golden Age Of Piracy

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  110 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Raiders and Rebels is a rich and vivid account of the golden age of piracy. From 1692 to 1725 pirates sailed the oceans of the world, terrorizing seamen and plundering ships laden with the riches of India, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Beneath these well known facts lies the true story of pirates. They were common men and women escaping the social and economic r ...more
Paperback, 399 pages
Published December 31st 1986 by Quill
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Sep 07, 2016 Chelsea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very rich and detailed history of piracy, which is only enhanced by the author's skill in eloquent writing. I cannot recommend this book enough for lovers of non fiction on a subject that is bereft of real truth thanks to Hollywood. This book doesn't disappoint in intrigue, but also delivers facts alongside that make it so much more interesting than the modern interpretations of pirates.
Mar 30, 2013 Holly rated it liked it
I read this on and off and am most intrigued by the contrast in writing between this book and other, more utopian based books on piracy. This book does a nice job of discussing social and economic factors that contribute to piracy.
May 01, 2016 Will rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dull and a bit lazy, I gave up on this book after coming back to it from a long break. I originally bought it in the Caribbean, on a Nicaraguan island looking to learn more about the pirates that ruled that coast for so long. Unfortunately, this book was simply not very good. The bland dull style does little to illuminate the fascinating subject; the prose is very roundabout and lengthy without delivering much on information; the footnotes are more asides that actually would do better in the ...more
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Jun 21, 2012 Paul Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love anything about pirates and the Golden Age of Pirates. Sherry's book is well researched and he has gone to great lengths to separate myth from truth.

I found the information about the British Navigation Act to be particularly interesting. Everyone says that the reason for the Revolutionary War was British oppression. Raiders and Rebels explains
in this book exactly that through the Navigation Act, the British had effectively prohibited the colonies from conducting any trade whatsoever. The N
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Feb 04, 2016 Nicholas Aune rated it liked it
Even though Sherry gives a pretty weak case for Captain Kidd, the author writes a very interesting history of the Golden Age of Piracy. Except that it solely focuses on British and North American pirates operating out of Madagascar up to the Seven Years War. It offers a pretty narrow scope of what pirates were and where they operated from. Still, Sherry gives an honest depiction of the harshness of naval life ,seriously examines the political and economic motivations behind joining a pirate ...more
Oct 16, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it
A fascinating, if opinionated look at the high point of piracy in the Caribbean and the far East. Mostly a social and cultural history of pirates, it is an easy and interesting read, interspersed with quotes and images to give color. By no means a definitive history, it's a fun read for anyone who loves pirates, and/or the British navy.
Oct 12, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
About 1/3 through, and I'm enjoying the factual treatment of the book--as well as the historical background included that points out how poorly most regular sailors were treated and paid in the time of pirates. Sets a good stage for why people became pirates, though I'm waiting to find mention of the female pirates known to have plied the seas.
Jun 26, 2016 Boris rated it really liked it
Good survey of piracy in the late 17th and early 18th centuries including a closer look at some of the more infamous names in piracy at the time, such as Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Calico Jack Rackham and the female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.

The book is largely based on "A General History of Pyrates", published anonymously but probably written by Daniel Defoe.
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Feb 25, 2011 Chris Brimmer rated it really liked it
Written in a breezy magazine style, this was an entertaining and quick read. Sherry does bias his sourcing to Defoe a bit much but if you rely a bit much on one source you could do worse. As popular history this is one of the best I've read in a while.
Sep 11, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great history. Easy to read and interesting on every page. Well researched - with notes lest you doubt, and yet approachable as a "reading but not studying" type of book.

I'll be sending this as gifts.
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“A similar raging abhorrence of Authority was more eloquently expressed in the speech of denunciation that pirate captain Charles Bellamy directed toward the merchant master who had scorned his invitation to join the outlaw brotherhood. After extolling his own free life, Bellamy switched gears to excoriate a hypocritical society, crying out: “Damn you! You are a squeaking puppy, and so are all those who will submit to be governed by laws which rich men have made for their own security. For the cowardly whelps have not the courage otherwise to defend what they get by their knavery. But damn ye, altogether! Damn them for a pack of crafty rascals, and you, who serve them, for a parcel of hen-hearted numbskulls! They villify us, the scoundrels do, when there is only this difference: they rob the poor under the cover of law, forsooth, and we plunder the rich under the protection of our own courage; had ye not better make one of us, than sneak after the arses of those villains for employment?” Some” 0 likes
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