The public have been in love with the more romantic aspects of pirate life ever since Errol Flynn first climbed the rigging for the film Captan Blood, in 1935. The hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean series, starring Johnny Depp, shows that swashbuckling sells and the recent resurgence of sea crime in the waters off Somalia, with the dramatic hijacking of huge oil tThe public have been in love with the more romantic aspects of pirate life ever since Errol Flynn first climbed the rigging for the film Captan Blood, in 1935. The hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean series, starring Johnny Depp, shows that swashbuckling sells and the recent resurgence of sea crime in the waters off Somalia, with the dramatic hijacking of huge oil tankers like the MV Sirius Star, and the MV Maersk Alabama, has only served to heighten our fascination. But what do we know about the real Captain Jack Sparrows of yesteryear? Who were they? Where did they come from? And what heinous and daring acts did they perform on the path towards riches and infamy? A History of Pirates delves into the real lives of the men and women whose seafaring adventures have become legendary. It explores the criminal careers of some of the most fascinating scoundrels and scallywags ever to sail the seven seas, including Blackbeard, the Barbarossa Brothers, Captain Kidd, Anne Bonney and Mary Read....
|Title||:||A History of Pirates|
|Number of Pages||:||448 Pages|
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A History of Pirates Reviews
Good general history
I have to say I was impressed with this book since I wasn't expecting it to be any good, but it turned out to be a good surprise, and you've got to love it when something you thought to be bad turns out to be pretty good!The personal stories of several pirates are told in a carefree and succinct manner, letting you get a glimpse of what their life was like behind the glamour. I also loved the final part where the author puts everything in perspective, it turns out that without really thinking about it we admire the ancient pirate tells without taking into consideration how brutal they were, not even our modern day piracy can match the scale and savagery present in the past. It shows how the centuries have the power to turn tyrants into Heroes.I won't hide that I've read this book as a preparation for the upcoming video game Assassin's Creed Black Flag, and I don't think there is much more to be said about pirates except curiosity for the lives of a few more interesting pirates and seeing them acted in the video game.
I didn't make it far through A History of Pirates. I seem to have some sort of aversion to books that purport to be non-fiction but talk in sensationalised language and do not have a single reference for the, at times, outlandish claims they make. On top of that the prose felt like something from a bad tv documentary. I'd not recommend this book to anyone.