For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier.
"An insightful, concise, and thoroughly enjoyable portrait of the misnamed Golden Age of Piracy...." (Library Journal)
"Even if you don't know a corsair (a Mediterranean-based pirate) from a buccaneer (a Caribbean pirate), this book will delight and inform." (Publishers Weekly)
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Interesting and Informative
Yes and no. I learned a little from this book, the author seemed to wander from topic to topic and the whole book was loosely tied together.
This is the first book buy the author, as I have mentioned it is an ok book, but I never really got the sense of what life was like during this time in history. I was expecting more of a history and fewer "stories"
No this was my first time hearing him. He did a great job!
Yes and no. I wanted more information, more facts. The author bounces all over the place. The chapters are loosely connected, and only a few times does he point out that our modern conception of a pirate is very different than what are the facts.
Overall not a horrible book, but not what i was looking for.
just the facts
I was happy to find a broad history of pirates. Given how hot pirates are in popular culture, it's nice to have a factual background.
I would not want to listen to this all in one sitting. It can get a little dry. I broke it up over a period of time.
There was a section on punishment that was very gory. My son listed to portions of the book with me, but he could not have listed to this part, and I had a hard time getting through it. I understand its importance, but it was tough to listen to.