Raiders and rebels: the golden age of piracy

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Quill, 1986 - History - 399 pages
Raiders and Rebels is a rich and vivid account of the golden age of piracy. From 1692 to 1725 pirates sailed the oceans of the world, terrorizing seamen and plundering ships laden with the riches of India, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Beneath these well known facts lies the true story of pirates. They were common men and women escaping the social and economic restrictions of 18th-century Europe. Their activities threatened the beginnings of world trade and jeopardized the economic security of several European nations even as they formed one of the first true democracies in the world.

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User Review  - DramMan - LibraryThing

An unexpectedly excellent book on the Golden Age of Piracy, 1692-1725. As well as covering the cause and the characters, it puts the whole story in a simple geopolitical context. The 'golden age ... Read full review

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User Review  - Calypso42 - LibraryThing

The best history book I've ever read. This book reads more like a good novel than a list of what happened, and when. Sherry's descriptions of the pirates and their pursuers bring these men to life ... Read full review


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Frank Sherry is a former journalist whose non-fiction work includes "Pacific Passions: The European Struggle for Power in the Great Ocean in the Age of Exploration". He lives in Missouri.

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