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Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship Hardcover – March 11, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1020L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426302797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426302794
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.4 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,180,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4–7—Clifford, an underwater archaeological explorer, used research and the artifacts recovered from the Whydah to tell the story of its life as a slave galley and pirate ship. In the process, he dispels many myths about buccaneers. Beginning when it was built in 1715, the author provides brief background information on the horrendous conditions under which people were sold and transported, and the Whydah's part in the trade. However, when it was captured by Sam Bellamy, its use shifted to piracy. Clifford profiles several members of the pirate crew, including 11-year-old John King. He outlines the pirates' organization and adherence to "Ye Articles of ye Gentlemen of Fortune," a list of laws covering such matters as how decisions will be made and prizes divided. Photographs of artifacts (cufflinks, buttons, utensils, weapons) and the recovery crew at work combine with large visually appealing paintings of dramatic battle, storm, and courtroom scenes. Unfortunately, the text font is small and difficult to read, complicated by the textured background of the pages. Nonetheless, the book is a fascinating blend of history, ocean-diving recovery, and archaeology, and demonstrates archaeology in action and the role artifacts play in informing us about the past.—Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VA
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The binding is very nice and the pages are heavy.
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A great story for history and/or pirate buffs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Dixon on January 3, 2013
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A great story for history and/or pirate buffs. The recovery of the Whydah yielded a wealth of new and specific knowledge of pirate culture. Kids who read well and are interested in the details of history may love this book. We bought a copy after seeing the Whydah exhibit in Denver in 2011. My then-10-year-old son read it daily for quite some time. We misplaced the book during our move last fall. We thought it well worth replacing with a new copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Kennedy on April 27, 2014
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Very interesting story of early pirates and the recent find of their ship and booty. Well done and is a perfect accompaniment to the exhibition if you get a chance to visit a museum that has it on display.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Seacaptaindick on February 5, 2014
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Very interesting with appropriate illustrations/pictures. The book was physically difficult to read because the binding was so stiff. A good read on a table.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Kelly on December 16, 2013
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This is a very interesting read. There are many facts that are usually unknown to most people. If you like this time in history, get it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LJ on December 8, 2013
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Great history of this ship and lots of pictures. Very well put together. The binding is very nice and the pages are heavy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kacey42 on November 27, 2013
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I went to see the exhibition in Kansas City and this was a perfect way to remember all the information I had seen.
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This National Geographic Society masterpiece, written by Barry Clifford (the explorer who discovered the Whydah Galley) and the late great Ken Kinkor (noted pirateologicst and the chief project historian for Clifford's Expedition Whydah), gorgeously presents the history and discovery of the world's only fully authenticated pirate ship wreck.
Though it does fully function as a companion to National Geographic's "REAL PIRATES" traveling Whydah artifact exhibits, as it was originally designed to be, it stands on its own as a true work of piratical history.
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