This is a swashbuckling introduction to the highwaymenand womenof the seas from the Cilician pirates who terrorized the Mediterranean more than two thousand years ago to today's well-organized and ruthless buccaneers who target supertankers on the China Sea. The book examines the terror tactics of pirates throughout the ages and uncovers the secretive schemes of modern-day smugglers.
About the Author
Moira Butterfield has written award-winning novelty titles for preschool children and a wide range of children's nonfiction books on history, science, and nature.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Usborne led the way in publishing colorful, eyecatching children's non-fiction, but Dorling Kindersley (DK) and Kingfisher are not far behind. As a result of watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, our Jeremy (then age 10) became very interested in pirates, so Karen got him this book. It begins with what we know about the first pirates in ancient times, through the "Golden Age" of pirates, down to piracy and smuggling in modern times. The information is fascinating, and it does a lot to dispel the "romantic" notion of pirates as "good ol' boys" at heart. For the most part, they were dangerous, cut-throat criminals. There are a few references that are somewhat graphically detailed, but nothing really unsuitable for children, just telling things as they actually were. Other titles in the "Kingfisher Knowledge" series include Animal Giants, Archaeology, Castles and Forts, Communication, Dangerous Creatures, Endangered Plant, Forensics, Genes and DNA, Life in Ancient Rome, Microscopic Life, Mummies, Spies, and Stars and Planets. We have generally found Kingfisher books fairly good, but in some of them you may have to look out for a little evolutionary bias.