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This history book was a lot of fun to read. Not only were there Jewish pirates, but some of them were rabbis and spies at the same time. The history covers the Spanish Inquisition and how that impacted Jewish migration to the Caribbean and Amsterdam, and later New York. The Jews ability to set up trade routes and manage high profit exchanges made them valuable business partners, as well as political allies. If you are interested in Jewish history, this book is definitely worth reading.
 
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kerryp | 12 other reviews | Jul 4, 2020 |
While it presents history that I was never aware of, the author could have done a better job of telling it. At times, it is the classic "great man" narrative, detailing the exploits of some key individuals. But in other places, in order to set the stage for what follows, he wanders about the colonial history of the Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, and English -- and doesn't do a particularly good job at it.

 
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jdoshna | 12 other reviews | Mar 29, 2020 |
Edward Kritzler tells the tale of an unlikely group of swashbuckling Jews who ransacked the high seas in the aftermath of the Spanish Inquisition. At the end of the fifteenth century, many Jews had to flee Spain and Portugal. The most adventurous among them took to the seas as freewheeling outlaws.
They attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding.
 
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HandelmanLibraryTINR | 12 other reviews | Jul 21, 2019 |
If this history had been a more careful, better sourced history, I think I’d have liked it better. If it were historical fiction concentrating on two or three Jewish pirates, instead of talking about people across nationalities, cultures and politics (both religious and national) I’d have liked it better. As it is, it’s a better concept than it is a book. When I was Sunday School, or possibly Hebrew School, as a student many, many years ago, a teacher said that Columbus may have been Jewish but certainly sailed with Jewish sailors. This information has been around a long time. The Age of Exploration is also genocide, several times over: of Indians, of Jews because it coincided with the Inquisition, and of Africans taken from their homes as slaves. According to this book, the Triangle Trade was funded by, sailed by and profited by Jews. I’m done here.… (more)
 
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anyanwubutler | 12 other reviews | Nov 24, 2013 |

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