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The History of Pirates Paperback – August 1, 2002
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My only complaint is that the text is a little light. Even famous pirates such as Blackbeard and Captain Morgan only get two pages each. I realize that some text space had to be sacrificed for all the color pictures, but I was hoping for a little more information. If you're interested in pictures or if you aren't such a heavy reader, this will be a great book for you. If you would like something a little meatier, perhaps another book is for you. I do think this is an excellent source for pictures of pirates though.
While the textual content is well written and researched. the graphic content is probably even more impressive. The inclusion of maps and period images make this an entertaining as well as informative read. P-)
Well written and easy to read, each page is printed on glossy paper and clean typeface, with illustrations to help convey the mood of the book. Its an entertaining history of piracy (and if a book isn't entertaining, then why read it?). It may not have the depth of some of the more scholastically-oriented books available, but this book is a good place to start when building your library.
Overall, a good book to have around.
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My father bought me "The History of Pirates" when we visited the treasure exihibit in Key West. It was shortly after Pirates of the Caribbean DMC had come to theatres, and I was highly interested.
It is a very informative book. Extended research has been put into it; the author has abandoned the romantized notions that Hollywood has arbitarily put together, and he gives us a fresh and accurate look at the real men and women who plagued the seven seas.
A must-have for all true pirate lovers, it contains information concerning the corsairs, the buccaneers, and privateers, and it accurately tells the reader how important said names are, along information on pirate weapons, clothing, pirate hunters, and ships. So often pirate fans walk away from movies (and even books), thinking that the producers and writers have caught the real pirates, but their imaginations are filled with laudable cliches of noble thieves, dashing captains, and fun at sea. The true stories of the starvation, disease, misery, and hopeless are lost in Treasure Island and Errol Flynn's movies. "The History of Pirates" gives a good look at both the "successful" and the unlucky robbers of the sea.
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Exactly what I wanted, clear precise profiles and pirates. Very informative, mine didn't come with a dust cover but I couldn't care less!Published 2 months ago by MR REEUS
Concise, easy to read but with questionable accuracy - at least for the parts that I know. Kanhoji Angre (mentioned as Kanhoji Angria) was not an African Muslim pirate but an... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ponderer
When I ordered this book, on the condition listing it was stated as "new" . But it should had been stated under "used" there is a very large dent and rip on the... Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Rebeccq Daly
I should have done more research on this book. Its got great information, but I was expecting something that went into a little more depth as opposed to a general history. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Samuel B. Mays
tells you all that you need to know. cmon who doesn't love pirates. you'll be sea bound in no timePublished on March 1, 2014 by Keith miller