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The Man They Hanged Hardcover – 1926

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: D. Appleton & Company (1926)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006AJT1U
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,188,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on October 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Man They Hanged is a spirited defense of the most infamous pirate of all, Captain Kidd, as written by the 1920s bestselling author, Robert Chambers.

Captain Kidd was, by all accounts, born in Scotland around 1650. His early life is largely unknown, but by 1690, the enterprising Captain had helped the Governor of New York quash a rebellion and earned a place in that city's society. (Marrying an extremely wealthy young widow also helped.)

This is where is all gets fun. In 1695, a syndicate of (extremely) powerful nobles backed a commission for Kidd - he would privateer about the oceans, beating up on French ships for profit. The Earl of Romney, the Earl of Orford, Sir John Somers and the Duke of Shrewsbury were all discreet partners, outfitting Kidd in turn for 60% of the loot. The Earl of Orford was the First Lord of the Admiralty at the time and none of the other three were any less hoity-toity.

In 1696, Kidd set out in his Adventure Galley, a honking great big galley with hand-picked crew. Said crew immediately disappeared. For no explicable reason, Kidd failed to salute a Royal Navy ship whilst sailing out of the Thames. Worse, members of his crew mooned the cruiser as they went past (in 1696, like 1985, this was the height of comedy). The Royal Navy, unimpressed, sailed after the Adventure Galley, pulled it over and promptly drafted the bulk of Kidd's crew as punishment. Ouch.

Kidd spent the next year slowly trudging around the seas - London, New York, the Cape of Good Hope, Madagascar, India, etc. The pickings were worse than slim. Kidd was supposed to return to New York by February 1697, but without any loot, he'd be ruined - the terms of his agreement with the distinguished gentlemen made Kidd financially responsible if anything went wrong.
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