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Review: The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them DownUser Review - Mary - Goodreads
This book is supposedly the basis for the upcoming NBC (mini?) series "Crossbones." I assume by 'basis' they mean 'gave the writer the name of a pirate and a location,' because the plot synopsis on ... Read full review
Review: The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them DownUser Review - SteveR - Goodreads
If your fascinated by the lore and romance of pirates such Edward “Blackbeard” Thatch, “Black Sam” Bellamy and John “Calico Jack” Rackham (not the current day Somalian ones), this is a good fact based ... Read full review
Review: The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them DownUser Review - Goodreads
A wholly interesting and probing account of "real" piracy in the heyday of piracy. This text explores the men and the motives behind the striking 10 years that makes up our understanding of what it ...
I'm a bit torn with this book. I want to rate it higher, but I just can't. It is written well written and the author does a good job of weaving together historical facts in an interesting way. That ...
If you have grown up on the Eastern seaboard of the US and have a strong interest in the sea than this book is an interesting read. Who knew that Block Island was once a bastion for marauding pirates ... Read full review
This is an interesting book about a fascinating topic. Interesting < fascinating, so the author left something on the table. It is supposedly from the point of view of the pirates, but maybe a better way to put it would be that it's in sympathy with what it takes to be the point of view of the pirates. Partly I think that's because of a lack of good source material. Almost all of the surviving documents are court or government records, which kind of naturally tend to be one-sided. It also means that we know much more about the pirates that were captured or killed than we do about the few that got away with it. One of the stronger sections is in the beginning of the book, when the author discusses general conditions for non-piratical sailors in the era. Between brutal treatment, press-gangs, low to non-existent pay, and a strong chance of death, it's not hard to see how striking the jolly roger would be an appealing option. It was enough to make you realize that that "pirates and emperors" line of St. Augustine applies to, you know, pirates, as well as the more modern uses to which Chomsky puts it. In general, though, this book tries to do too much and doesn't succeed in doing any of it all that well. If, as seems to be the case, there isn't really sufficient primary source material to cover the pirates' perspective well, then a better option might have been to find contemporary sources that were sympathetic to the pirates and use that as the jumping off point.