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The History of Pirates

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  8 reviews
From Blackbeard to Captain Kidd, this volume is a full-color chronicle of thievery, murder, and torture on the high seas. Maps & illustrations.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Lyons Press (first published October 1st 1999)
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Ok, so I've been dipping in and out of this book for a few months now. It's a very good reference book and gives a completely different approach to the word 'pirate' and the images that word creates.

There are lots of useful images that show how sea goers have designed and redesigned boats to sit the needs of piracy. There is a treasure trove of information in this book that kids will enjoy too.

The information in this book comes thick and fast so it's not easy to take it all in. That said, as a
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Please note, this 3 star rating is based on my memories of this book, and since I probably read this book within the past 3 years I would say my memory isn't what it used to be. :-( I recall reading and really liking it, and even kept the book to read again in the future (something I only do with good, or otherwise significant books). The memories of an old man are sometimes faulty so this may really be somewhere between 2.5 to 4.5 stars, instead of the 3 I gave it. Once I re-read the book I wil ...more
Great book to use as an overall general resource, although, the problem with the book is that Konstam does not include any citations within the book. This would have been an excellent scholarly source, however, the primary source requirements just do not fit. Still, I did very much enjoy reading through the book, it is a great overview of piracy as a whole with brief biographies about the most famous pirates and places.
Seriously cool stuff. A whole culture of sanctioned robbery on the high seas... it's insane! Although, I do have to admit, I skipped the chapter on Weapons. Just too much Machisimo for me!
Great art work, good info on the main "characters" of the era.
Awesome! Entertaining and it gave a thorough history.
Yarrr. The pictures be nice.
a bit chaotic
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