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Length: 96 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 10 and up
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So often rendered as caricatures, pirates are given scholarly scrutiny in this handsome and invigorating overview. Short but dense chapters introduce the major factions, characters, and incidents that connect the scattered history of seagoing bandits. Early on, Gilkerson explodes the very concept of “piracy” by claiming Spain’s plundering of the Aztecs and other Native peoples “may be seen as the greatest act of piracy in the history of the Americas.” The biographical sketches of the criminals-for-hire, scalawags, and rogues include England’s “Sea Dog” Francis Drake; the “pirate queen of Ireland,” Granuaile; and Scotland’s Captain Kidd, whose shriveled, hanging corpse for a while served as a warning message to seafarers. Mutinies and murders are the easy stuff—it’s Gilkerson’s grasp of the politics surrounding each nation’s pirates that is most impressive. Although maintaining a narrative flow is difficult when covering so much ground, the abundant paintings lend a swashbuckling visual consistency. For report writers, this sequel of sorts to the author’s Pirate’s Passage (2006) is essential reading. Grades 6-10. --Daniel Kraus

About the Author

William Gilkerson is a sailor, painter, journalist, and historian. He is the author of ten nonfiction books on nautical topics as well as works of satire, art commentary, and fiction. His two-volume treatise on the development of ship’s weapons, Boarders Away, is a standard text. His drawings, watercolors, and oils have been featured in several major exhibitions and have been reproduced in books, magazines, and on film. William Gilkerson lives in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

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  • File Size: 17075 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (January 18, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036FOH46
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,108,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"A Thousand Years of Pirates" is a 96-page chapter book for kids age 10 and up about guess what, pirates! Ten spectacular pirates' tales and legends are retold and beautifully illustrated by haunting paintings. Although the author declares most of the tales to be fiction, they come from a long tradition and are carefully researched for their authenticity and correct historical context. "A Thousand Years of Pirates" is unafraid to show the dark side of a pirate's life, a feature which may appeal to some of its intended audience. Catch the excitement of the real life experience of a prate's adventures in this stunning collection sea tales for young and old.
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William Gilkerson has written the finest non-fiction book about pirates. He is also the finest illustrator alive in this nautical genre,
His other fictional nautical novels are some of the most entertaining stories written in this genre.
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