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by Jon E. Lewis

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Most of this book was great. The first-hand accounts of pirate history make fascinating reading. The only section I had to slog through was in the Appendix, The Corsair by Lord Byron. Other than that this was a very worthwhile book for anyone interested on the truth about pirates. ( )
  penelopemarzec | Dec 2, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786717297, Paperback)

Awash with skullduggery, malice, terror, and opportunism, here are 28 first-hand memoirs and contemporary reports of the most famous pirates to sail the seven seas, including Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, ‘Calico Jack' Rackham, Anne Bonney, and Jean Lafitte. These range from the Golden Age of piracy, beginning in the mid 16th century with the birth of the ‘buccaneers' in the Caribbean, to more recent times. Some of the accounts covered are Francis ‘Scourge of Spain' Drake's audacious night treasure raid on Nombre de Dios, the capture of Panama by Henry Morgan, cruelest of the ‘Brethren of the Coast', Alexander Exquemelin's fly-on-the-wall telling of the ‘wicked order of pirates or robbers of the sea,' and the journal of William Dampier which was found stashed in a hollow bamboo tube, after he fled life as a Somerset farmer. In addition, this book offers the Pirate's Code of Honour (article 4: lights out at eight o'clock, 'if after that hour any still remained inclined to drinking, to do it on open deck'), a listing of pirate songs, and a full pirate chronology.

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Awash with skulduggery, malice, terror and opportunism, here are 28 first-hand memoirs and contemporary reports of the most famous pirates to sail the seven seas, including Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, 'Calico Jack' Rackham, Alexander Exquemelin, Frances Drake, Anne Bonney, Jean Lafitte and the Joassamee Pirates. The accounts range from the Golden Age of piracy, beginning in the mid 16th century with the birth of the 'buccaneers' in the Caribbean, to more recent times - such as: Francis 'Scourge of Spain' Drake's audacious night treasure raid on Nombre de Dios; the capture of Panama by Henry Morgan, greatest and cruellest of the 'Brethren of the Coast'; Alexander Exquemelin's fly-on-the-wall account of the 'wicked order of pirates, or robbers of the sea'; the apostasy of John Ward and Simon Danser - Christians who served as privateers for the Muslim states of the North African coast; Louis 'Half-Arse' Le Golif, whose buttock was shot away by cannon; "Journal of William Dampier", found stashed in a hollow bamboo tube, having fled life as a Somerset farmer to piracy on the Pacific; Henry Avery's seizure of the Moghul of India's staggering treasure ship Gang-I-sawai. Plus, this work includes the Pirate's Code of Honour (article 4: lights out at eight o'clock, 'if after that hour any still remained inclined to drinking, to do it on open deck'...); a listing of pirate songs; pirate flags; and a full pirate chronology.… (more)

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