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As long as men have sailed the seas, fearsome pirates have terrorized merchants and captured the imaginations of landlubbers everywhere. "Pirates" scrapes off the heavily encrusted legends of such colorful figures such as Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, and Bartholomew Roberts, brigands whose names strike fear into maritime merchants even today. The book focuses on the known fac ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Smithmark Publishers
(first published March 15th 1993)
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I picked this up at our local secondhand bookshop; I have a weakness for pirate books and this one had a few facts I hadn't read before (eg. why pirates wore earrings) as well as an excellent overview of the history of piracy right from ancient Sumeria to present day. I especially enjoyed the chapter recounting Ann Bonny and Mary Reid's story.