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This novel exploration shows how sailors emerged from deadly working conditions on merchant and naval ships, turned pirate, and created a starkly different reality aboard their own vessels. At their best, pirates constructed their own distinctive egalitarian society, electing officers, dividing their booty equitably, and maintaining a multinational social order.
This unprecedented social and cultural history proves that the real lives of this motley crew -- which included cross-dressing women, people of color, and the "outcasts of all nations" -- are far more compelling than contemporary myth. Pirates challenged and subverted prevailing conventions of race, class, gender, and nationality, posing a radical democratic challenge to the society they left behind. They dared to play the rebellious villains on a floating international stage. The authorities hanged them for it, but the pirates triumphed in the end, winning the battle for the popular imagination in their own day and in ours.
From the Hardcover edition.
|1||A Tale of Two Terrors||1|
|2||The Political Arithmetic of Piracy||19|
|3||Who Will Go "a Pyrating"?||38|
|4||"The New Government of the Ship"||60|
|5||"To Do Justice to Sailors"||83|
|6||The Women Pirates: Anne Bonny and Mary Read||103|
|7||"To Extirpate Them Out of the World"||127|
|8||"Defiance of Death Itself"||148|
|Conclusion: Blood and Gold||170|
Posted February 8, 2012
I bought the Nook version of this book for a school assignment and it's missing FIVE chapters! I went through technical support and they confirmed it is something wrong with the file itself. They refunded my money but now I have to find it elsewhere with limited times as it's for school.
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Posted April 4, 2012
HUGE portion of the nook book missing. Do not buy! I bought this title for a class in full faith when the term started and now I have to scramble to get a complete copy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 29, 2012
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