Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age (Google eBook)
Villains of All Nations explores the 'Golden Age' of Atlantic piracy (1716-1726) and the infamous generation whose images underlie our modern, romanticized view of pirates.
Rediker introduces us to the dreaded black flag, the Jolly Roger; swashbuckling figures such as Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard; and the unnamed, unlimbed pirate who was likely Robert Louis Stevenson's model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island.
This history shows from the bottom up how sailors emerged from deadly working conditions on merchant and naval ships, turned pirate, and created a starkly different reality aboard their own ships, electing their officers, dividing their booty equitably, and maintaining a multinational social order. The real lives of this motley crew-which included cross-dressing women, people of color, and the'outcasts of all nations'-are far more compelling than contemporary myth.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden AgeUser Review - Billy Marino - Goodreads
It took me far too long to read this thanks to some laziness post graduating, but every time I picked it up I was captivated. This is the first book by Rediker that I've read, and it certainly won't ... Read full review
Review: Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden AgeUser Review - Will Caverly - Goodreads
A reexamination of pirates not as marauders, but as freedom seeking plunderers, people who used the ocean to check out of society and follow their own mores. Read full review
THE POLITICAL ARITHMETIC OF PIRACY
WHO WILL GO A PYRATING?
THE NEW GOVERNMENT OF THE SHIP
TO DO JUSTICE TO SAILORS
THE WOMEN PIRATES ANNE BONNY AND MARY READ
TO EXTIRPATE THEM OUT OF THE WORLD