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The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down

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  • Posted October 6, 2012

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    Much Recommended

    Colin Woodard weaves together the lives of several significant pirates from what is known of their youth to how they came to be pirates along with the lives of a few of the men who came to hunt them down. This book covers the golden age of piracy and the republic they formed, spanning the years 1715 - 1725. Black Beard, of course, figures prominently. The beginning sections are a bit difficult because Woodard goes from one story to the next. However, as the book progresses, these lives come together and overlap. With history of the time leading toward the American Revolution, this makes quite interesting reading. Pirate sentiments were already predisposed towards a republic and shaped by their escape from the British Navy, and the rejection of the Hanoverian line. Whether you are familiar with the history of this time or not, this is an important account to read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Enjoyed it

    This was an enjoyable book. Lot's of interesting bits and pieces about Pirate society and the colorful characters of the Pirate Golden Age. While there was a lot of top level information I wish there was more of an emphasis on their daily lives and some of the battles. I'm sure there are not a lot of real world accounts of what went on but I still wish I had that info since these characters are so fascinating.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Fantasic read...

    The book is well written & feels like you are readimg a novel.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    Pirates

    This book is a well writen book that contains a large number of information on the history of piracy

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

    Recommend

    It is a detailed history of the pirates primarily in north America and the Caribbean. If this is of interest it is worth the $$$.

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Jack Sparrow Need Not Apply

    No Disney creations sing and carouse here. Woodard gives us the real stories about life among and against the Pirates of the early 18th century. They ranged from Bermuda to Nova Scotia, to Madagascar and even Cuba. Some were pardoned, some were hanged, all preferred the freedom of the pirate life.
    A narrative history, very readable, and fast moving.

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  • Posted October 20, 2014

    Excellent Historical Account

    Lots of research makes this book a good read. Calm and orderly retelling of the history of the Caribbean pirates. Learned a lot of new info, both about pirates and about life in the 1700's. Biggest surprise: For all their impact on our imagination, they weren't around all that long. The heyday of the Caribbean pirates only lasted about 10 years (1715 to 1725).

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Highly recommended life of pirates in the early 18th century.

    This book gave me a feel for the life at sea and shore for mariners in the early 1700s and had me rooting for Blackbeard prior to his demise. It gave me a different feel for the pirate life and made me feel as though they were the mercenaries of their time. I empathized with them through the entire tome.

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