The World Atlas of Pirates: Treasures and Treachery on the Seven Seas, in Maps, Tall Tales, and Pictures


It’s an age-old phenomenon. It hasn’t gone away. It isn’t pretty.In this lavishly illustrated book, an expert tells the fascinating story of piracy, from its beginnings to the present day—in a completely new way.
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It’s an age-old phenomenon. It hasn’t gone away. It isn’t pretty.In this lavishly illustrated book, an expert tells the fascinating story of piracy, from its beginnings to the present day—in a completely new way.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599214740
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,442,214
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Angus Konstam is a prolific author, with over 50 historical titles in print. His piratical titles include The History of Pirates (Lyons Press), Pirates! and Pirates, 1680-1730 and The Pirate Ship. Other publications include History of Shipwrecks, A Historical Atlas of Exploration, and The Spanish Galleon. He studied history and archaeology at the Scottish Universities of Aberdeen and St. Andrews, and is also a former naval officer, an underwater archaeologist and a museum curator. He has advised the archaeologists who excavated Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge, and has made several TV appearances as a piratical "talking head" for the History Channel. He is also the author of Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. The author lives in Edinburgh, UK.
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FROM THE INTRODUCTIONThe aim of this book is to set the record straight—to expose the romantic myths about pirates that have existed for centuries. In fact, piracy was a brutal business, far removed from the rose-tinted world of Captain Jack Sparrow. The unvarnished truth is that piracy is a crime. . . . If that doesn't sound particularly exotic or romantic, it shouldn't. Piracy has been known to encompass assault, murder, kidnapping, and torture, none of which sit comfortably with the popular view of piracy. . . . I decided I had to try and cut away the myth from the reality. . . . The truth about pirates was very hard to find, buried deep in dusty court records, newspapers, letters, and reports. What emerged was a very different kind of pirate from those we had become accustomed to.
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