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Pirates are primarily known for their swashbuckling attitudes, their freebooting lifestyle, their high-seas adventures and their stolen treasure, but their victims tend to be forgotten. These are the innocent and not-so-innocent voyagers who find themselves suddenly snatched up, brutalized, and franticly struggling to save their own lives. Many were viciously murdered, but a few survived. In this revised edition of Captured by Pirates, which features additional material not found in earlier editions, author and ...
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Captured by Pirates: 22 Firsthand Accounts of Murder and Mayhem on the High Seas

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Overview

Pirates are primarily known for their swashbuckling attitudes, their freebooting lifestyle, their high-seas adventures and their stolen treasure, but their victims tend to be forgotten. These are the innocent and not-so-innocent voyagers who find themselves suddenly snatched up, brutalized, and franticly struggling to save their own lives. Many were viciously murdered, but a few survived. In this revised edition of Captured by Pirates, which features additional material not found in earlier editions, author and researcher John Richard Stephens has collected twenty-two astounding firsthand accounts from people who found themselves helpless prisoners on the open ocean and somehow made it through, usually badly scathed.

Dead men tell no tales, but the survivors do. These true crime tales of terror are collected from personal accounts, private letters, official reports, ships' logs and pirate trial transcripts. The long-forgotten narratives from 1500 to 1850 are among the rarest of buried treasures, with some not having been in print for almost two centuries. These men and women offer a look at pirates from a unique perspective, providing rare insight into the everyday lives of pirate captains Henry Morgan, Howell Davis, Edward Low, John Phillips, and their blood-thirsty crews. Some of the captives were even forced to become pirates themselves in order to survive, while in one account, a pirate vividly describes his capture by other pirates and how he exacted his revenge.

These involuntary participants describe thrilling sea chases, raging battles, desperate knife fights, treachery, double dealings, betrayals, maroonings, murders, tortures, skeletons, treasure and even a little romance. Their very personal eyewitness accounts provide an intimacy and intensity that will almost make you feel as if you're standing there alongside them looking straight into the faces of these ferocious pirates.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780965464635
  • Publisher: Fern Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 660
  • Sales rank: 1,169,209
  • File size: 2 MB

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John Richard Stephens is the author/editor of numerous books, including Weird History 101, Captured by Pirates, Wyatt Earp Speaks, and Kitty Literature.Before becoming a writer, John gained experience in a wide variety of occupations ranging from work as a psychiatric counselor in two hospitals and three mental health facilities to being an intelligence officer and squadron commander in the U.S. Air Force.His books have been selections of the Preferred Choice Book Club, the Quality Paperback Book Club and the Book of the Month Club. His work has been published as far away as India and Singapore and has been translated into Japanese and Finnish.John also has the distinguished honor of being quoted around the world next to such luminaries as Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Lord Byron and Franz Kafka.
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