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"I presume we need make no Apology for giving the Name of a History to the following Sheets, though they contain nothing but the Actions of a Parcel of Robbers."A "Parcel of Robbers" they may be, but pirates have long held a special place in our imaginations. The iconography of piracy--peg legs, eye patches, pieces of eight, squawking parrots, the Jolly Roger--was first codified in A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. This collection of brief biographies reads like a Who's Who? of piracy, with entries on Captains Kidd, Rackam, and Roberts, women-in-disguise pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and the infamous Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, "that couragious Brute, who might have pass'd in the World for a Heroe, had he been employ'd in a good Cause."
First published in 1724, A General History is the book that launched a thousand pirate stories--inspiring Robert Louis Stevenson's Long John Silver, J.M. Barrie's Captain Hook, and Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood. Though it had been attributed to a shadowy character named Captain Charles Johnson since its date of publication, the book has now been convincingly (though not incontrovertibly) attributed to Daniel Defoe. The 18th-century text, reproduced here complete with the awkward sentence construction, capitalization of nouns proper and common, and frequent italicizing typical of its era, sometimes makes for rather difficult reading, but Defoe's prose still manages to sparkle. With a new introduction by Richard West, author of Daniel Defoe: The Life and Strange, Surprising Adventures, A General History is a must-read for armchair swashbucklers. --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is great fun and amongst all the myth and exaggerated, even made-up stories is a kind of truth of ambiance, mood, tone of the character and legacy of "Pyrates! Read morePublished 29 days ago by Roger J. Schuman
This is an interesting book. It is a little challenging to read, as all books from this era are for modern English speakers, but well worth the extra effort needed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott
This was a very good book written by a contemporary of the 18th century pirates. I am sure it isn't 100% accurate but a very valuable reference source. Read morePublished 3 months ago by H. Joe Thompson
It is very informative and reads like a text book. I was expecting a harrowing tale of seafaring pirates. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Katie Westphal
Excellent book. It brings all the best known pyrates into view;how they lived, how they died. Made me want tro learn more.Published 4 months ago by Fly boy
This is a decent reference book for those interested in the history of piracy. It has plenty of facts to satisfy the more than casual reader.Published 13 months ago by Skyeyer
This book was orginally published in the year of Our Lord, 1726. It is from THIS BOOK that almost all pyrate information is gleaned from. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Larry
My copy was the Carroll & Graf edition.
It was interesting to see how the pirates differed in their treatment of prisoners. Some of them were very cruel. Read more