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Title:
Pirates : terror on the high seas, from the Caribbean to the South China Sea
Author:
Cordingly, David.
Publication Information:
North Dighton, MA : JG Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction / Lure of Spanish gold / Brethren of the coast / Buccaneer explorers / Corsairs of the Mediterranean / Golden age of piracy / Libertalia the pirate's utopia / Pirate round / French and American privateers / Eastern seas / Chinese pirates / Piracy today
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ISBN:
9781572152649
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The popular image of pirates today-the combined effect of three centuries of books, plays, operas, films, cartoons, and children's games-is extraordinarily powerful.Pirates have become the mythical equivalent of giants, vampires, wizards, or witches, and they no longer seem quite real. Yet they definitely were real-as this first comprehensive, worldwide historical survey makes abundantly clear-and considerably more frightening historically than Long John Silver or Captain Hook. The barnacled sea dogs featured in this fascinating volume well deserved their reputations for bravery, hard drinking, avarica, foul language-and casual violence and cruelty.


Author Notes

David Cordingly was for twelve years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford. He lives with his wife and family in Sussex, England.


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