Exquemelin, a seventeenth-century Frenchman, arrived in the French West Indies as an indentured servant but soon joined up with pirates, probably as a barber-surgeon. His narrative, published in English in 1684, was quite popular at the time. This version, edited for children, presents a first-person view of an exciting time and is illustrated with artwork from the period. Shuter supplies background to Exquemelin's writings, which are marked by particular attention to the nuts and bolts of pirating--the money, the raids, and the mayhem, including more about methods of torture than you may care to know. Children may forget that this is only the experience of one pirate, not a comprehensive historical overview. Still, for the battle-hungry reader, the book, part of the new History Eyewitness series, furnishes great context for seeing Long John Silver in a new light. A glossary is appended. Others in the series are listed in the Series Roundup in this issue.