The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

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Hachette Books, Jun 18, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 426 pages
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Everybody knows the legend of Captain Kidd, America's most ruthless buccanneer. Few people realize that the facts of his life make for a much better tale. Kidd was actually a tough New York sea captain hired to chase pirates, a married war hero whose secret mission took a spectacularly bad turn.

This harrowing tale traces Kidd's voyages in the 1690s from his home near Wall Street to Whitehall Palace in London, from the ports of the Caribbean to a secret pirate paradise off Madagascar. Author Richard Zacks, during his research, also unearthed the story of a long forgotten rogue named Robert Culliford, who dogged Kidd and led Kidd's crew to mutiny not once but twice. The lives of Kidd and Culliford play out like an unscripted duel: one man would hang in the harbor, the other would walk away with the treasure. Filled with superb writing and impeccable research, The Pirate Hunter is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a ripping good yarn, and it delivers something rare: an authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

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Excellent research and writing. - Goodreads
Ending (last 100 pages) was especially slow. - Goodreads
Very well researched and engaging. - Goodreads
Fantastically well-researched, but not much fun. - Goodreads
Book: Professionally researched acct. - Goodreads
The writing style isn't terrible. - Goodreads

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It's no wonder the colonies rebelled. The English judicial and penal system were a travesty. Read full review

Review: The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

User Review  - Lance - Goodreads

It's no wonder the colonies rebelled. The English judicial and penal system were a travesty. Read full review

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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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