A General History of the Pyrates

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Dover Publications, 1999 - History - 733 pages
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Immensely readable history by the author of Robinson Crusoe incorporates the author's celebrated flair for journalistic detail, and represents the major source of information about piracy in the early 18th century. Defoe recounts the daring and bloody deeds of such outlaws as Edward Teach (alias Blackbeard), Captain Kidd, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, many others.

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User Review  - Colin - Goodreads

Written in the Age of Piracy this book tells each pirates story, from Captains all the way to captives who became pirates. The stories of women pirates Mary Reed and Anne Bonny are particularly ... Read full review

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User Review  - Charlie Kaufman - Goodreads

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of pirates, history, naval adventures, etc... This book gives a rundown of the most famous pirates in the "golden age", Roberts, Blackbeard, Calico ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London, England on September 13, 1660. He changed his surname in 1703, adding the more genteel "De" before his own name to suggest a higher social standing. He was a novelist, journalist, and political agent. His writings covered a wide range of topics. His novels include Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, Roxana, Captain Singleton, and Colonel Jack. He wrote A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, which is an important source of English economic life, and ghost stories including A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal. He also wrote satirical poems and pamphlets and edited a newspaper. He was imprisoned and pilloried for his controversial work, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, which suggested that all non-Conformist ministers be hanged. He died on April 24, 1731.

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