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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 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 24 days 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 25 days 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 1 month 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 9 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 17 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
A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates is a great book with lots of historical data and lots of tales. A must for all pirate buff's!Published on July 18, 2008 by D. L. Dodds
I bought this book for two reasons 1) to read about my relative John Gow aka Smith and 2) to crossreference it with Daniel Defoe's book "The General History of Pyrates.Published on May 2, 2008 by John Gow
I bought this book for myself having stumbled across it at the bookstore. Started reading it and loved it. Read morePublished on September 28, 2007 by Debra B. Garrison