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A Thousand Years of Pirates

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  4 reviews
For as long as they’ve existed, pirates have conjured up visions of high-seas adventure and skullduggery, sea chases and bloody battles, dangerous coastal lairs and buried treasure. Rightly so, for ever since ships have carried valuable cargo, pirates have enraged monarchs and struck terror into the hearts of honest seamen with their willingness to risk life and limb for a ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Tundra Books
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Reviewed by Ellen Donogh

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson is a stunning book – complete with “pirate flag” themed cover in black and silver with skull and crossbones graphic. Filled with pirate lore and exquisite watercolour illustrations, it is a pleasurable read for all ages. The end papers are a map of the seas and oceans of the world, circa the age of exploration and exploitation-piracy.

The book’s contents follows the theme from the Viking inception through the golden age of
A Thousand Years of Pirates is a beautifully illustrated ‘coffee table’ type book. It covers the history of pirates from Vikings to the mid-nineteenth century. Gilkerson chooses notable pirates from different periods to focus on, providing brief biographies and detailing their careers. He also explains the political situations that lead to piracy and the surprisingly democratic societies that they formed. His illustrations are gorgeous complements to the text. The age range is difficult to pinpo ...more
It was well done with nice pictures, but I wish it had been slightly smaller, or tall instead of wide. I think the pictures could have probably been made to fit in just as well, but I could be wrong. I just have more trouble carrying odd sized books, so that is the source of my quibble.
Not a lot of flashy pictures, so the Pirateology or Eyewitness crowd may be disappointed. Still, the information is really good and doesn't have trouble staying interesting.
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