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

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

by Angus Konstam
 

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By combining stunning cartography with engaging and authoritative text, The World Atlas of Pirates presents the story of piracy in a completely new way. Eighty maps plot the routes that pirates followed—whether crossing the world’s great oceans or pursuing their prey through creeks and bays. Colorful archive illustrations, including photographs and

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By combining stunning cartography with engaging and authoritative text, The World Atlas of Pirates presents the story of piracy in a completely new way. Eighty maps plot the routes that pirates followed—whether crossing the world’s great oceans or pursuing their prey through creeks and bays. Colorful archive illustrations, including photographs and images from England's National Maritime Museum and other historic collections, bring the villains, their ships, and their victims to life. Lively, accessible text by pirate expert Angus Konstam explains how piracy grew and flourished from the early buccaneers to the rogues of popular legends, how it has been snuffed out, and how it has reared its head again with the machine-gun-toting pirates operating on today’s high seas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599214740
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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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.

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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