Adrian Johns' book seems to have trouble making up its mind on the main goal of his book..
It considered the radio to be a learning tool where its listeners would be enriched as much if not more than they were entertained.
Instead, the book glazes through the history of government monopoly and right wing thought in the UK.
I originally ordered this book after reading an article on the Principality of Sealand. After reading an exciting piece which referenced the book, I expected interesting stories... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by theblackgecko
Johns has an abiding interest in "piracy," broadly defined. This book, though opening with a violent death in a dispute between pirate radio entrepreneurs in 1966, is really about... Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Rebecca L. Tushnet
Boring dull detailed history of British radio starting in the 1920's. I was looking for the book version of the British movie Pirate Radio. Read morePublished on May 3, 2011 by Colorado Hermit
"Death of a Pirate" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. The book interview of Professor Johns ran here as the cover feature on December 8, 2010.Published on January 23, 2011 by ROROTOKO