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Buccaneers & Pirates of Our Coasts

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  98 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
From the very beginnings, America has been a fertile hunting ground for high seas rogues willing to take what they wanted when they found it. Even great men like Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake took a turn as sea robbers. In later years, names like Blackbeard, Low, Bonnet and Kidd struck terror into the hearts of merchant captains, sailors and the civilian passe ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published February 10th 2007 by DRAM Tree Books (first published 1898)
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Mike
Sep 04, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Somewhat dated -- it was written in 1898 -- but very entertainingly told, this book traces piracy in American waters from Columbus to Captain Kidd. Stockton is pretty fair-minded, and speaks of Columbus' second voyage as the first serious piratical expedition in the New World. He avoids dwelling on gore and outrages, even when discussing L'Olonnais. Instead he attmepts to give an historical overview of the buccaneers, Brethren of the Coast, and privateers, with entertaining narratives of particu ...more
Wayne S.
Apr 07, 2014 Wayne S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally! The last of the pirate-related books that I picked up at the Pirates of the Caribbean section of Disney World. I think that I just about overdosed myself. This book was written primarily for young people. In fact, the author begins by saying, “When I was a boy I strongly desired to be a pirate, and the reason for this was the absolute independence of that sort of life. Restrictions of all sorts had become onerous to me, and in my reading of the adventures of the bold sea-rovers of the ...more
Karolina Kat
Buccaneers and Pirates is a unique reading. It may be childish or naive at times, certain gruesome historical facts are omitted, but it is after all a book for youngsters. It is an amazing experience in this respect that it allows the reader to reveal two types of history at once: facts and history of the American pirates,and the attitude towards young people at the turn of the 19th and 20th century.

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Melissa Renee
May 01, 2014 Melissa Renee rated it liked it
Really fun read but I wish there was more colorful description of the events being described. I would guess this book was definitely aimed at older children seeing as how so many gory and brutal details are left to the imagination and the stories are presented as cautionary tales, where the author is constantly pointing out how brutish and immoral pirates were rather than glorifying them.
Robert Evans
Nov 26, 2014 Robert Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a 1960 edition of Frank R. Stockton's 1898 classic book of piracy for young adults. It uses Exquemelin's and Johnson's works as source materials, so most fans of pirate tales will be familiar with these. It is considerably livened up by drawings from the pencil of Bernard Krigstein, who made his name drawing for EC Comics.
Thom Swennes
Sep 26, 2012 Thom Swennes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Published in 1898 by The Macmillan Company and written by Frank R. Stockton, Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coast was written to appeal to and acquaint children with history and the seafaring life in time gone by. Although it is predominantly factual, the life and times of the sea rovers of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic coast was also shrouded in a mist of fable. The book gives a chronological and comprehensive history of both men and women that took to a life as highwaymen and women of the sea. ...more
Ginevra
Pretty interesting but a bit too much *bad men!!!!*.
Everyone loves a pirate and we all know they were brutal so the constant moralising gets a bit boring, the author says things like "wicked things were done but we'll not list them here" which is rubbish as he's refusing to write the juicy bits which we're all reading the book for in the first place!
Captain Johnson's book is much better, but still, this was entertaining :)
Daniel
Mar 20, 2008 Daniel rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2007
While it pains me to give just two stars to any book teeming with pirates, matey, this book simply didn't work for me, as it failed to fulfill any one of the three requirements one looks for in a nonfiction book about pirates and buccaneers: enough tawdry detail to make it a guilty pleaure, the type of analysis needed to understand the politics and economics of piracy, or descriptions of pirates and their lives by a first-hand witness. Still, though, it's not a terrible place to start for someon ...more
Stacy
Very entertaining
Jason Pym
A non-fiction book on pirates for kids, the main drive of which is to tell children that pirates were not colourful adventurers but rather brutal robbers. So Stockton gives a series of cautionary accounts of real pirates, with the minimum of context or detail. I could only get about halfway through; it's not a patch on Stockton's Bee-Man of Orn.
Tom
Sep 24, 2015 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book about the history and the lives of the most known pirates. Unfortunately this Librivox recording is at times annoying. Some readers have bad recording equipment which results in a very soft sound.
Keith Hull
3.5/5 I really wish they'd allow half star ratings.
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Frank Richard Stockton was an American writer and humorist, best known today for a series of innovative children's fairy tales that were widely popular during the last decades of the 19th century. Stockton avoided the didactic moralizing common to children's stories of the time, instead using clever humor to poke at greed, violence, abuse of power and other human foibles, describing his fantastic ...more
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