The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

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Hachette Books, Jun 18, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 426 pages
8 Reviews
Everybody knows the legend of Captain Kidd, America's most ruthless buccanneer. Few people realize that the facts of his life make for a much better tale. Kidd was actually a tough New York sea captain hired to chase pirates, a married war hero whose secret mission took a spectacularly bad turn.

This harrowing tale traces Kidd's voyages in the 1690s from his home near Wall Street to Whitehall Palace in London, from the ports of the Caribbean to a secret pirate paradise off Madagascar. Author Richard Zacks, during his research, also unearthed the story of a long forgotten rogue named Robert Culliford, who dogged Kidd and led Kidd's crew to mutiny not once but twice. The lives of Kidd and Culliford play out like an unscripted duel: one man would hang in the harbor, the other would walk away with the treasure. Filled with superb writing and impeccable research, The Pirate Hunter is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a ripping good yarn, and it delivers something rare: an authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

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Review: The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

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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User Review  - Erik - Goodreads

This is a classic case of the author including too much of his research in the book. The story was good but there was just too much supporting information. It muddied the waters and made parts of the book somewhat boring. 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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