History of Pirates and Pirate Ships

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"Good read for kids too!" - by Christina
I LOVE THIS BOOK, I love the ships it shows and the stories and bits of piracy that are shared within its cover!

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"Exciting, Educational, and Easy to read aloud to kids" - by BabyWrangler (FL, USA)
I learned about this series when my 5 year old son picked up a set at Costco and another mom walked over to recommend them. I bought the set at Costco and we enjoyed it so much I quickly ordered this set from Amazon. The books are exciting, with interesting illustrations, and have been a great introduction to chapter books for our family. My kids get so into the story, I've been able to start and finish each book in one sitting (my kids aren't reading chapter books themselves yet). It takes about 30 minutes for me to read through the story out loud, stopping to peruse the pictures. These stories stick with the kids. For example, we reenacted the dinosaur scenes in our yard, with each of us playing a different part. I also took the opportunity to point out a magnolia tree in our neighborhood to them, after ... full review

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"Thar Be Pirates" - by Roger J. Schuman (N E Illinois)
This is great fun and amongst all the myth and exaggerated, even made-up stories is a kind of truth of ambiance, mood, tone of the character and legacy of "Pyrates!" (that yell could send shivers to the locals of the time and chills of excitement to any 10 year old boy in my time).

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"GREAT book!" - by MauiWowie (Stanwood, WA)
My pirate/man of war infatuated 5.5 year old son LOVES this book! He is more interested in the ships and since I couldn't find a decent book I thought this would do. It is his top requested book for bedtime. Very educational. I'm learning a lot too!

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"Nonfiction that reads like fiction..." - by Johanna Werbach (Narberth, PA United States)
I don't read a lot of nonfiction and when I do I want it to read as smoothly as fiction. This pretty much fit the bill, with an exciting account of seasoned treasure hunters / divers finding a wreck of a fairly obscure merchant-captain-turned-pirate, Joseph Bannister. The author went off on a multitude of tangents including in depth studies of the lives of the men searching for the ship (which were interesting but not terribly relevant), and I'd say the actual story focusing on the tactical search for the wreck only constituted about half the book. Also, without spoiling the ending, the main characters fly all over the place at great expense doing a ton of primary research, and then the biggest piece of the puzzle ends up being in a newly published book that you can buy on Amazon - that element had a feel of ... full review

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"Separating the myth and romance from the reality" - by doc peterson (Portland, Oregon USA)
As a fan of nautical fiction ([[ASIN:0393037010 Master and Commander (Vol. Book 1) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)]]), and having read Cordingly's [[ASIN:0375506977 Women Sailors and Sailors' Women]], _Under the Black Flag_ was a natural choice for a summer read. Cordingly does a magnificent job of providing details of pirate life: who these men (and women) were, why they became outlaws on the sea and what their lives were like. For me, these were the most fascinating parts of the book. Brief biographies of the better-known pirates (Cpt. Kidd, Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Anne Bonny, Grace O'Malley) are provided, as well as some pirates I was previously unfamiliar with (Alwilda, Mrs. Cheng, Calico Jack). The stories of plunder, pieces of eight and treasure appealed to the boy in me as well.

His iconoclasm was interesting, dispelling the myths that have arisen around pirates (pitched battles of ships exchanging broadsides, for ... full review

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"A great resource and general history" - by Seth J. Frantzman (Jerusalem, Israel)
This fascinating history begins with a discussion of who should be considered a pirate and quickly moves into the history of the trade, beginning with Greek pirates mentioned by Homer. There is much discussion of the development of ships and seafaring in the western world between 400 B.C and 1600. There is a brief history of piracy and boats of the South-China sea.
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 ... full review

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"Stories about real life pirates" - by Courtney
I'm a huge fan of Rossignol's books; he puts such a great deal of research and thought into them and I feel like I learn so much history all while being entertained at the same time. This was definitely one of my favorites from him! I actually haven't read too much about real pirates (mostly fictional ones), but this was so interesting to read. It's several different stories about real life pirates and their crimes. I really enjoyed seeing some pictures and drawings throughout that had been taken at the time.

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"Pirates and Buccaneers" - by Larry
The Pirates and Buccaneers eBook opened my eyes to the habits and lives of pirates. The story of Pirates and Buccaneers is clear and easy to read for children. The pictures in the book tell a story of these buccaneers that stole and hid treasures. The picture of the pirate ships showed a different way of life. This book is a great source of information for students to use in writing a report on pirates.

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"A well done short history covering many aspects of late ..." - by David D
A well done short history covering many aspects of late 17th and early 18th century life and times. Sandler has tied them all together superbly. Particularly interesting for local Cape Codders!

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"Excellent book to accompany the museum exhibition." - by Lynne Kennedy (San Diego)
Very interesting story of early pirates and the recent find of their ship and booty. Well done and is a perfect accompaniment to the exhibition if you get a chance to visit a museum that has it on display.

"A very good read. It's rare to find an historical non-fiction ..." - by Elizabeth Almstrom
A very good read. It's rare to find an historical non-fiction that's both engaging and informative. The narrative is both gripping and suspenseful enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, without the author committing the "sin" so many historians do, namely, of omniscience. It's well-researched, and well-written. Reading this, it's easy to see how, if things had gone just little differently at so many junctures, independence could have been declared in North America 50 some years before 1776.

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"Great account of the Golden Age of piracy" - by Nick H. (Northern California)
Wonderful book on the history of pirates. It's a little tough to read because it's truly the grammar of 1725, but it's detailed and the closest to a first hand account we have. He covers all the main pirates we know, and gives a good account of each.

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"The boys love Pirates!" - by N. Bartscher (Mint Hill, NC USA)
I have three boys (all 5 and under) and they love this book. They like finding the turtle, the monkey, and the clumsy pirate on all the pages. Even when my wife and I aren't around to read to them they enjoy looking at the pictures and making up their own story about what is happening.

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"You will enjoy reading this book!" - by Thomas A. Warren
Black Flags, Blue Waters was fascinating! My mental picture of the late 1600s and early 1700s is now rich with dozens of pirate ships chasing merchant ships, pirates of all backgrounds, early Americans hungry to import goods, bloody murder, and peace-keeping strategies. When finished, I wanted to hear more stories about pirate ships and and the surprising organization of the large numbers of men who sailed and rowed them (or sank, or burnt, or wrecked them). One of the fun aspects of reading Dolin’s books is you learn a lot about many topics, as the stories carry you along. Dolin’s writing style and use of words was enjoyable as well: “Every culture and country whose ships have dipped a paddle or oar into the salty brine, or raised a sail to harness the wind, has contended with what the Greek poet Homer called sea-wolves raiding at will, ... full review