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Posted December 22, 2004
William Dampier was a man of science far ahead of his time. He also lived as a pirate. He contributed 1,000 words to the English language. His life and books influenced such men of letters and science as Charles Darwin, Daniel Defoe, Captain James Cook, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Jonathan Swift, yet he is barely heard about today. Why? Read this book and find out. In A PIRATE OF EXQUISITE MIND the authors, Diana and Michael Preston, move through his life in fascinating detail, but they also put him squarely into the milieu of the 17th century. If you¿re interested in adventurers, pirates, or science, William Dampier¿s unique life will charm you. The book includes notes and sources, bibliography, index, and art credits. -- Leslie Strang Akers
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Posted September 20, 2004
Those that go first are many times not the most noble or the most rewarded by history. So it appears was the case of William Dampier who for much of his life in the late 1600s and early 1700s was a Pirate, which it might be said was legal so long as you plundered the other country¿s ships. But what comes through the most in this rather flat and uneven biography is how much travel and knowledge a simple buccaneer was able to accomplish before the far more recognized Captain Cook. Danpier, it appears, was responsible for creating travel writing, had an intense ability to observe the natural world, and noted wind and navigation in areas not seen again by western eyes for over a hundred years. It¿s claimed that his writing was the inspiration for Darwin, Jonathan Swift, and Daniel Defoe¿s Robinson Crusoe. Yet as compelling as this life appears to be the book Diana Preston and her husband Michael have crafted is more interesting than compelling. More a he went here and saw this and then that chronicle than the ripping good story that is behind the facts. Perhaps this needed to be an historical novel to elevate the excitement and sense of wonder. The Preston¿s book is a cut below the recent excellent great sea and exploration non-fiction such as the far better book on Magellan by Bergreen, or Sea of Glory by Philbrick, or Tony Horwitz¿s marvelous traveling biography of Captain Cook, Blue Latitude or even Diana Preston¿s wonderful book on the Robert Falcon Scott book, A First Rate Tragedy. Overall, I found it a bit flat and dry but always interesting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2004
Learn how a stone age people beguiled and destroyed a strong, aggressive, and technologically superior group of pirates (Damphiere escaped).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 28, 2004
Posted May 25, 2004
A real sleeper that I received as a gift and had never heard of. He's an adventurer, buccaneer and naturalist. Does that sound familiar? He must have been O'Brien's real life inspiration for his Stephen Maturin. A great read, The truth always beats fiction!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.