The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

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Hyperion, Jun 18, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
119 Reviews
A literary treasure, The Pirate Hunter is a masterpiece of historical detective work, and a rare, authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure galley pitted him against arrogant Royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and, above all, flesh-and-blood pirates. Superbly written and impeccably researched, The Pirate Hunter is one ripping good yarn.
  

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Very well researched and engaging. - Goodreads
Fantastically well-researched, but not much fun. - Goodreads
The writing style isn't terrible. - Goodreads
Book: Professionally researched acct. - Goodreads
Zachs has a great flowing style for writing history. - Goodreads
The book is well researched and written. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Rob Lever - Goodreads

Fairly legit read. Not what I expected at all. Moral of the story, don't trust politicians. Read full review

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User Review  - Daniel Goff - Goodreads

Kidd wasn't really a pirate? How shocking. I always figured a real pirate went down with their ship, fell overboard from too much rum, or at he very least, from a blade related infection. I liked the book. Very informative and it told a good story of the life on the high seas. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
23
Section 4
79
Section 5
95
Section 6
111
Section 7
139
Section 8
161
Section 13
253
Section 14
287
Section 15
331
Section 16
339
Section 17
355
Section 18
381
Section 19
395
Section 20
399

Section 9
181
Section 10
203
Section 11
223
Section 12
231
Section 21
409
Section 22
411
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Richard Zacks is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, a former syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, and a freelance journalist for Atlantic Monthly, Time, the Village Voice, London Times, Life, and other publications.

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