Release Date: June 19, 2016
Publisher: Hourly History
Purchase at: Amazon
☆ Pirates ☆
Pirates dominate movie box office profits, they are theme park entertainment, and they occupy a place in popular culture that has outlasted the era when they originally ruled the seas. Contemporary audiences who are safe from the pistols and cutlasses of the men who sailed the Caribbean, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans to prey upon ships and claim their cargo may find it hard to reconcile the perceived glamor of Captain Jack Sparrow with the authentic bloodlust and greed of the real pirates who killed without conscience, kidnapped innocent victims for ransom, and ravaged, bribed, and robbed their way into legend. Tragut Rais, Grace O’Malley, William Kidd, Blackbeard and their colleagues were dangerous adventurers who lived at a time when piracy was an economic enterprise which yielded both wealth and a hangman’s noose.
Inside you will read about...
✓ When Pirates Owned the Seas
✓ The Roots of Piracy
✓ The Original Pirates of the Caribbean
✓ The Pirate Round
✓ Piracy after the Spanish War of Succession
✓ The Pirates of the Barbary Coast
✓ The Modern-Day Pirates
Most pirates had a short life before they were captured and executed. A few lucky ones did die of natural causes, but they were rare. Nonetheless, those tales of swashbuckling adventure under the Jolly Roger continue to mesmerize us. Read more about the reality of the Golden Age of Piracy to find out whether or not Hollywood’s version can possibly compare with the truth.
Let us start this review by stating that this is a summarizing history of piracy and the Golden Age of Piracy. This is not a fictional tale that has leading protagonists. This is a short book with many informational nuggets about piracy and I found the content to be a wonderful introduction about a person or persons that I may want to read about in more detail later.
In the beginning there was some repetition of wording between the prologue and first chapter. I did some fact checking on the material and with how broad of a scope there is on this subject there should have been citations so that I could verify the facts. The intention of this book is to be a concise slice of history that can be read in one hour. I feel that the author was successful in his goal.