Raiders and Rebels: A History of the Golden Age of Piracy [NOOK Book]

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I he most authoritative history of piracy, Frank Sherry's rich and colorful account reveals the rise and fall of the real "raiders and rebels" who terrorized the seas. From 1692 to 1725 pirates sailed the oceans of the world, plundering ships laden with the riches of India, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Often portrayed as larger-than-life characters, these outlaw figures and their bloodthirsty exploits have long been immortalized in fiction and film. But beneath the legends is the true story of these ...

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Raiders and Rebels: A History of the Golden Age of Piracy

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Overview

I he most authoritative history of piracy, Frank Sherry's rich and colorful account reveals the rise and fall of the real "raiders and rebels" who terrorized the seas. From 1692 to 1725 pirates sailed the oceans of the world, plundering ships laden with the riches of India, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Often portrayed as larger-than-life characters, these outlaw figures and their bloodthirsty exploits have long been immortalized in fiction and film. But beneath the legends is the true story of these brigands—often common men and women escaping the social and economic restrictions of 18th-century Europe and America. Their activities threatened the beginnings of world trade and jeopardized the security of empires. And together, the author argues, they fashioned a surprisingly democratic society powerful enough to defy the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
“An excellent book”
Oceans magazine
“A dramatic tale. . . . Sherry bring the pirates vividly to life with his rousing telling of their daring cruises and outrageous feats. . . . Heartily recomemended.”
ThePirateKing.com
“Raiders and Rebels” is very possibly the very best book I have ever read on the Golden Age of Piracy.
Oceans Magazine
"A dramatic tale. . . . Sherry bring the pirates vividly to life with his rousing telling of their daring cruises and outrageous feats. . . . Heartily recomemended."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061982651
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 495,819
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Frank Sherry is a former journalist whose non-fiction work includes Pacific Passions: The European Struggle for Power in the Great Ocean in the Age of Exploration. He lives in Missouri.

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Table of Contents


Author's Note     7
Illustrations     11
Our Lady of the Cape     15
The Opening Gun: The Cruise of the Amity     22
A Brilliant Time, a Brutal Time     35
A Seaman's Lot     52
The Very Model of a Pirate Villain     67
The Outlaw Nation     85
The Rage of Rich Men Balked     101
On the Account: A Pirate's Life     122
The Trusty and Well-beloved Captain     149
A Voyage to Wapping     181
Counterstroke and Intermission: The War Moves West     196
Republic of Rogues     207
Nemesis of Pirates: Woodes Rogers     218
Blackbeard Himself     235
Rogers at Bay     253
The End on New Providence     263
King of Madagascar     280
Where White Men Die     298
The Black Captain     321
Demon's Destiny     334
Saga's End     346
Epilogue     359
Notes     367
Bibliography     390
Index     393
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    One of the BEST books I have ever read

    I first bought this book to use for one of my classes at college and figured I used it because reading about pirates could not be that bad. This book was amazing I couldn't put it down. It provides a great story of the golden age of piracy teaching you so many facts about piracy. It is true what it says on the back that it is history that reads like a novel. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read and looking to learn many new things.

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