Raiders and Rebels: A History of the Golden Age of Piracy

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Political Science - 400 pages

I he most authoritative history of piracy, Frank Sherry's rich and colorful account reveals the rise and fall of the real "raiders and rebels" who terrorized the seas. From 1692 to 1725 pirates sailed the oceans of the world, plundering ships laden with the riches of India, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Often portrayed as larger-than-life characters, these outlaw figures and their bloodthirsty exploits have long been immortalized in fiction and film. But beneath the legends is the true story of these brigands—often common men and women escaping the social and economic restrictions of 18th-century Europe and America. Their activities threatened the beginnings of world trade and jeopardized the security of empires. And together, the author argues, they fashioned a surprisingly democratic society powerful enough to defy the world.

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User Review  - DramMan - LibraryThing

An unexpectedly excellent book on the Golden Age of Piracy, 1692-1725. As well as covering the cause and the characters, it puts the whole story in a simple geopolitical context. The 'golden age ... Read full review

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User Review  - Calypso42 - LibraryThing

The best history book I've ever read. This book reads more like a good novel than a list of what happened, and when. Sherry's descriptions of the pirates and their pursuers bring these men to life ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Frank Sherry is a former journalist whose non-fiction work includes Pacific Passions: The European Struggle for Power in the Great Ocean in the Age of Exploration. He lives in Missouri.

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