- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1602390355
- ISBN-13: 978-1602390355
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.6 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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Pirates - Predators of the Seas: An Illustrated History Hardcover – May 1, 2007
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Ignited by Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, interest in pirates is burgeoning, as Konstam and Kean note in the preface to this colorful reality check about piracy through the ages. Captain Jack owes many of his mannerisms to Rolling Stone Keith Richards, and though no real pirate limned here possesses Richards', or Depp's, star power, many exhibited real charisma, and that, Konstam and Kean show, has kept them alive in historical memory. Pirates having flourished elsewhere than in the Caribbean, the book offers round-the-world coverage but acknowledges that the sea thieves reached their acme with the likes of Hawkins, Blackbeard, and Kidd in . . . the Caribbean! Konstam and Kean also relate what little is known for sure of the famous female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny. With colorful maps and illustrations aplenty, the book constitutes a wonderful starting point for acquainting oneself with the freebooters and buccaneers who were alternately heroes (privateers) and villains (pirates), even in their own day. Mike Tribby
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A terrific introduction to the history of piracy....Loaded with full color maps, illustrations, and photographs...a delight to peruse. -- Houston Chronicle
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The Pirate Crew (composition, motivation and dress)
Pirate Warfare (tactics)
Pirate Captains and Characters (brief descriptions of 9 piratical careers)
Pirate ships (inlcuding sloops, schooners, brigantines, and square-riggers)
Biblography, plate commentary, and index
The book also has 12 pages of full-color paintings by the incomparable Angus McBride, depicting the pirates themselves along with their weapons, victims, flags, and executioners.
gaudy cover suggests. Not a profound read but very well illustrated with quality
printing on good quality paper stock. Many maps that bring to life the great feats
of maritime sailing in days of yore. Plus a great price at half the amount of local
book sellers. Thanks Ruben R. Martinez
The text next moves to a general history of piracy from the Classical period. Beginning with Greek pirates such as the Aetolians and their descendants, the Cilician's it examines piracy in the Mediterranean world. Islamic pirates and their forbears are discussed.
The Vikings were the first `European' pirates and they were followed by the English. The first English record for the execution of a pirate dates from 1228. There were also pirates in the Baltic sea. Some of the worst pirates to plague Europe were the Barbary pirates from North Africa. As Muslims they raided as far as Ireland, taking Europeans as slaves to be sold in the markets of Algeria. But there was much mixing in the world of Piracy, the Barbaroosa Brothers, Christians, were famed pirates of the Mediterranean, working for the Turks. Malta, run by descendants of the Crusaders, also participated in Piracy.
However it was the British pirates such as Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins who served queen Elizabeth that are well known to those interested in Pirates. Their precursors in raids on the `Spanish' new world were the French Huguenots of the 16th century. In the 17th century the Buccaneers who became the typical pirates of the age. Men from many backgrounds, usually protestant, found their way to Hispaniola in the Caribbean and began plundering Spanish shipping. The pirates of this period did not merely take vessels, they plundered towns in places such as Panama and lake Maracaibo, destroying the economy and the settlements.
The Golden Age of piracy in the early 18th century is given much coverage, as its notorious pirates such as Blackbeard, Edward Teach, Woodes Rogers and Jack Rackham. The death of Batholomew Roberts in 1722 ended the `Golden Age' of piracy. Many pirate crews were hung for their deeds. The next pirates to appear on the scene coincide with the American revolution. 1835 marked the last execution of pirates in the U.S. Chapter twelve examines the history of Piracy in Asia and 13 examines the nature of `Pirate havens' and their cultures, and bring the history up to the present with a discussion of piracy off Somalia, the straits of Malacca and elsewhere.
This is a brilliant book with many photographs both of old paintings and modern photos of forts and boats. There are a plethora of highly detailed and informative maps which make this more than a history of piracy but also a history of the New world and the world as well. The subject matter is interesting and stories well told.
Seth J. Frantzman