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The History of Pirates

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  227 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A memorable and fascinating history of piracy on the high seas, from antiquity to 1800's and beyond. Piracy flourished in the early 18th century, and produced many of the famous - and infamous - characters that have gripped imaginations worldwide for hundreds of years, including Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and Bartholomew Roberts. However, piracy on the high seas existed lon ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Lyons Press (first published October 1st 1999)
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Ethan Nahté
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Of all the pirate historians and biographers, I place Angus Konstam's work above all others. This book is no exception. Well-written, very informative. large pages and images, and a very easy read especially when using it as a reference book for writing short stories and novels.
Joseph Raborg
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent overview of the history of pirates across the globe from the ancient world to modern times. I wish that it was more rich in detail, but the facts and history it recounts were so enthralling that I read it in three sittings. The pirates in the book ranged from people whose careers lasted but a year to pirate kingdoms in India and China whose reigns lasted decades. A great book for people not familiar with how widespread piracy was, it recounts the major pirates, the great pri ...more
Bill Zodanga
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
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, pirate
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.
Mar 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great art work, good info on the main "characters" of the era.
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Entertaining and it gave a thorough history.
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
a bit chaotic
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
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!
Jan 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Yarrr. The pictures be nice.
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