The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

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Hyperion Books, Jun 18, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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A literary treasure, The Pirate Hunter is a masterpiece of historical detective work, and a rare, authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure galley pitted him against arrogant Royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and, above all, flesh-and-blood pirates. Superbly written and impeccably researched, The Pirate Hunter is one ripping good yarn.

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THE PIRATE HUNTER: The True Story of Captain Kidd

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A dashingly narrated life of Captain William Kidd, freeing him of his unwarranted reputation as a notorious pirate.Kidd was no pirate, historian Zacks (History Laid Bare, not reviewed, etc.) argues in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fay Bassett - Goodreads

Found this book a long read becaus Zacks has a tendency to be repetive. Telling us over and over again that Kidd's daughter's name was the same as his wife's. As well as giving us information over and ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Richard Zacks is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, a former syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, and a freelance journalist for Atlantic Monthly, Time, the Village Voice, London Times, Life, and other publications.

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