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Pirates: A History

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Most histories of piracy start withswashbuckling adventuresin the Caribbean in the 1500s and move on to the Golden Age of piracy from the 1660s to the 1720s. These areas cannot be overlooked, but in fact, piracy has a much longer and broader history to its name. Thiscomprehensive historystarts with piracy in the ancient and classical periods, and then shifts to piracy in t ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by The History Press (first published May 28th 2008)
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Seth Kenlon
Oct 31, 2015 Seth Kenlon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. Probably one of the best [non-fiction] history books I have yet to read. It is meticulous in its citations, well-organised such that the history is put into context and becomes as gripping a story as any fiction book or movie.

The book covers an incredibly broad range of topics; it's not just about European pirates of the 1600 and 1700s. In this book, you'll find the history of pirates of Madagascar, the Americas, the Orient, and even a bit about land pirates. It doesn't just dict
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Nik
Feb 24, 2016 Nik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By no means authoritative, but a highly entertaining and very well researched read that looks at piracy contextually and over the course of centuries. My only gripe - its all too brief overview of modern piracy, in stark contrast to the rest of the book which is story-rich and gives a real taste of what life on the high seas must have been back in the time of Blackbeard and Jacques de Sores.
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