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If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Bartholomew Roberts - King of… (2007)
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"In this book, Richard Sanders tells the story of Bartholomew Roberts, greatest of the Caribbean pirates. Born in rural Wales, Roberts rose from third mate on a slaver to pirate leader in a matter of months in 1719, and his combination of audacity and cunning won him fame and fortune from the fisheries of Newfoundland to the slave ports of West Africa." "Combining ground-breaking research with story-telling brings to life an all-male world, full of theatre and ritual, far richer and more complex than the pirate stereotype. Roberts' men lived a close-knit, egalitarian life, electing their officers and sharing their spoils. They were highly (if surreptitiously) popular with many merchants, with whom they struck massively profitable deals. A third of the crew were black, and Roberts himself may well have been gay. If a Pirate I Must Be is a tale of pirates as they really were - and of the strange and cruel world that produced them."--BOOK JACKET.
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