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Pirates: The Complete History from 1300 BC to the Present Day
Author: Angus Konstam
Publisher: Lyons Press
Pages count: 339
Description: Angus Konstam setssail through the brutal history of piracy, separating myth from legend and fact from fiction. Pirates takes us into the depths of the pirates dark world, examining the many colorful characters from Cretans and Vikings to French corsairs and the British rogues of the golden age of piracy, such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd and even two women pirates, Mary Read and Ann Bonny, who became pregnant to avoid execution. A blood-soaked, riveting account, itprovides a complete history of the fearsome threat on the high seas from the marauders in the pages of antiquity to the Somali pirates in the headlines of today.
From the Back Cover:
The word “pirate” instantly conjures a fearsome figure in a tricorner hat, brandishing a cutlass on the quarterdeck of a helpless victim’s ship. The skull and crossbones have become instantly recognizable the world over, a symbol of lawlessness and rebellion. But if you think piracy is all about the Jolly Roger, a bottle o’ rum, and walking the plank, think again. The reality, much more complex, spans all of human history. From Cretans and Vikings to French corsairs and British rogues, sail through the brutal history of piracy, separating myth from legend and fact from fiction. Pirates takes you into the depths of the pirate’s dark world, examining the colorful characters of the golden age of piracy such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd and even two women pirates who became pregnant to avoid death sentences. A blood-soaked, riveting account, Pirates offers a complete history of the fearsome threat on the high seas, from the marauders in the pages of antiquity to the Somali pirates in the headlines of today.
Additional info: About the Author:
Angus Konstam, an expert on the history of piracy, is the author of more than fifty books, including History of Pirates and History of Shipwrecks (both Lyons Press). A former naval officer and underwater archaeologist, he advised the archaeologists who excavated Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge and has appeared on the History Channel.