If piracy interests you, or even legal trials of this period of history then this is the book for you!" - David Wright - Lawman
"The author's ability to translate the material into a more contemporaryand understandable style without degrading the historical accounts is atestament to his skill. As I readthrough each account and chapter, knowing that these were actual real-lifeaccounts, mesmerized me. From theattempted murder of a whole crew or the commandeering of a ship after killingits captain, through to an actual account of a pirate ship's takeover ofanother one, each report furthered my intrigue regarding the terrible deedsthat pirates would commit. Also, the waythe book was structured, and even an actual Q and A session, wasthrilling.
Thisis a superb collection of pirate trials that is sure to entertain anyone thathas an interest in real life piracy and how the court systems dealt with itduring that time. I've no doubt thatI'll keep this in my library and reread it again in the future." - Amazon reader
From the Author
Chief Justice Marshallauthored landmark decisions on the court (Marbury v Madison) involving theCourt's authority to expound constitutional law and exercise Judicial Reviewand to declare laws made by Congress unconstitutional, thereby holding the Constitutionas the law of the land; (McCullough v Maryland) the authorityof the federal government to establish a national bank and (Gibbons v Ogden) toregulate interstate commerce. Thosecases were decided prior to Chief Justice Marshall sitting on the trial of theThree Spaniards charged with Piracy and Murder in the matter of the BrigCrawford held in July of 1827.
One of Chief JusticeMarshall's rulings in the Maryland case reverberates today in politicaldiscourse: Letting Maryland tax the bank would give one state "the power todestroy" it. That wasn't what the American people intended, Marshall says, whenthey made the Constitution "supreme."