Pirates: Predators of the Seas

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., 2007 - History - 240 pages
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Pirates have captivated our imaginations for generations, and the popularity of the recent Pirates of the Caribbean films has planted them even more firmly in our minds. But what were pirates really like? Author Robert Ritchie guides us on a tour of piracy from ancient times through the present, and dispels the false image of pirates created by adventure stories and Hollywood. The truth is, unbelievably, even more intriguing than the fiction. Pirates were usually men (and sometimes women!) who turned to piracy in desperation—to avoid starvation or to save their own lives. They were from countries across the globe, from every social class, and of every race. Their average age was only twenty seven. In this lavishly illustrated book, you will see pirates’ brutal lives and bloody deaths, get a peek at their ships and the lives of their crews, and meet some of history’s most famous and infamous buccaneers. You’ll finally learn the truth about the way they lived and died. Full of color and history and danger, this book is as fun as a Johnny Depp movie—but it’s all true! 

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Pirates: Predators of the Seas: An Illustrated History by Angus Konstam is an excellent survey of piracy from the earliest historical records to modern times. Konstam is faithful to the historical ... Read full review

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The Pirate Ship
The Ancient World
Into the Middle Ages
Pirates of the Barbary Coast
War on the Spanish Main
A Piece of the Action
The Most Notorious Pyrates
And More Notorious Pyrates
Violence and Savage Justice
Everyone Hates Britain
The Last American Pirates
Piracy in the Far East
Home Sweet Home
Myths Manners Codes

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Page 6 - Death was preferible to being link'd with such a vile Crew of Miscreants, to whom it was a sport to do Mischief; where prodigious Drinking, monstrous Cursing and Swearing, hideous Blasphemies, and open defiance of Heaven, and contempt of Hell it self, was the constant Employment, unless when Sleep something abated the Noise and Revellings.

About the author (2007)

Originally from the Orkney Islands, Angus Konstam was the curator of arms and armor at the Tower of London and is currently the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, FL, setting up major exhibitions throughout the eastern seaboard of North America. He is the author of Historical Atlas of Exploration for Facts On File/Checkmark Books and lives in Key West.

Roger Michael Kean is an editor, filmmaker, and journalist. He edited The History of Pirates and The History of Shipwrecks. He lives in England.

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