Pirates - Predators of the Seas: An Illustrated History

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Pirate culture has occupied our imaginations for generations. But what were pirates really like? Here, take a tour of piracy from the ancient world through modern times, discovering the truth behind the myths. Perfect for a coffee table and substantial enough for any student of history, Pirates is the total package for anyone with a taste for adventure.
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Overview


Pirate culture has occupied our imaginations for generations. But what were pirates really like? Here, take a tour of piracy from the ancient world through modern times, discovering the truth behind the myths. Perfect for a coffee table and substantial enough for any student of history, Pirates is the total package for anyone with a taste for adventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602390355
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,494,859
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Angus Konstam is the author of more than a dozen books, including Blackbeard: America’s Most Notorious Pirate and Pirates: Predators of the Seas. He was Chief Curator at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. Konstam lives in Scotland.

Roger Michael Kean is an editor, filmmaker, and journalist. He edited The History of Pirates and The History of Shipwrecks. He lives in England.

David Cordingly authored Under the Black Flag and was head of exhibitions of the National Maritime Museum in London. He lives in England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    An Outstanding History of Piracy

    This is a wonderfully written book which is a history of piracy from its roots in ancient Egypt right up to the present day. The book not only discusses the ¿Golden Age of Piracy¿ when Morgan, Blackbeard and Captain Kidd plied their trade in the Caribbean, but it also covers the extensive pirate activity in the ancient world as well as its modern manifestation. The links between the breakdown of social order or a political power vacuum and its effects on the rise of piracy during various historical ages are addressed as is the centuries long pirate conflict between Islam and Christendom during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This is a well written historical work and the pirates are portrayed as the frequently ruthless and bloodthirsty men (and some women) they were rather than as the charming rogues of so many Hollywood motion pictures. The book is also full of detailed full color maps and pictures relating to piracy which both ably supplements the text as well as being esthetically pleasing in their own right. The principle author Angus Konstam was a commentator on a recent History Channel documentary on piracy and his in-depth knowledge of the subject makes this book enjoyable by both a serious student of the subject as well as the newly interested reader. In these days of ¿Pirates of the Caribbean¿ movies and the ¿Pirate Master¿ reality show this book is a welcome dose of historical fact into a subject which has been long been dominated by romantic fantasies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    Fun and fascinating!

    This is a really fun book, chock full of great photos and wonderful artwork. It details the lifestyles of pirates through the ages, right up to present-day pirates of the South China Sea, East Africa, and the Caribbean. I highly recommend it for classrooms, libraries, or anyone with an interest in pirates.

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