The World Atlas of Pirates: Treasures and Treachery on the Seven Seas--in Maps, Tall Tales, and Pictures
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The World Atlas of Pirates: Treasures and Treachery on the Seven Seas--in Maps, Tall Tales, and Pictures

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Lively, accessible text bypirate expert Angus Konstam explains how piracy grew and flourished from the early buccaneers to the rogues of popular legends, how it has been snuffed out, and how it has reared its head again with the machine-gun-toting pirates operating on today’s high seas....more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Lyons Press
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Yasmin
Nice glossy pages and many pictures, unfortunately not much on information for each section. And if there are people who can't tell the difference from real pirates to the ones on the big screen well they must live a charmed life to believe in fantasies, but they will find reality to be quite a shock. For the rest of us that do know the difference between what pirates were like and Captain Jack Sparrow for example it smacks of insulting our intelligence to make the constant referral that everyon...more
Taxigilbert
Read it in a Dutch translation and that might have blurred my view on this: numerous (basic) grammar errors etc.
Besides that, I was struck about the redundancy and the repetition of simple facts. It's obvious that the writer gives a summary of only one primary source. Most pirates don't become real persons, their character is superficial. Names of vessels are dropped, but that makes the names expendable: it never gets personal. A pity, because I had been looking for a book like this for a while.
Jbondandrews
I have read a book of Angus Konstam's before and he as always provides a worthwhile read. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in pirates or history in general.
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