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Scourge of the Seas: Buccaneers, Pirates & Privateers

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  5 reviews
In their heyday, the sight of a pirate ship on the horizon would strike terror into the hearts of their intended victims. The colorful yet fearsome reputation of the pirate still resonates today and the sight of the skull and crossbones retains its thrilling power. The lives of the most famous of their brethren have been immortalized, initially in the pamphlets of the time ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Osprey Publishing
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Tará O'Sullivan
This is, easily, the best historical look at pirates I've ever read. It clearly defines the differences between buccaneers, pirates and privateers, gives complete descriptions of lifestyle, backgrounds, ships, sailing methods, weaponry and justice.[return][return]Better yet (being a visual person), it's stocked full of paintings (primarily featuring Howard Pyle and Angus McBride), engravings, diagrams of ships, historical cut-a-ways and antique maps from the time periods being discussed.[return] ...more
If like me you've been in awe with Jim Hawkins adventures this book is a must-read.
Of course, one might be disappointed to learn that Howard Pyle's representations, though beautiful and eye-catching, are far for the truth.
Of course, one might be disappointed to learn of the harsh reality of 17th/18th century seafaring, far from pleasant cruises under balmy winds.
Nevertheless, if like me you REALLY wanted to be Jim Hawkins when you were 10, you gotta read this book.
A good concise look at piracy during its Golden Age in the West. The last section, focusing on privateering, was really helpful.
Mar 11, 2011 Steven added it
Excellent book on the golden age of piracy. Great illustrations as always for Osprey.
Aug 19, 2012 April rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Wonderful book - especially as a resource for the writer.
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