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5.0 out of 5 starsMaybe the best book ever on this subject?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 3, 2019
Osprey are very good publishers and Angus Konstam is a very good author and also a former naval officer, underwater archaeologist and museum curator. We often only think of pirates as belonging to the 17th and 18th centuries but in fact piracy has existed for some 3200 years! The Sea Peoples incursions into Egypt being perhaps the earliest example. It is all covered in this this very well written and lavishly illustrated book. Mr Konstam covers it all, the raiders of the ancient world, the Vikings, the Elizabethan privateers, the Buccaneers and the era of Blackbeard. The Chinese Pirates who dominated the China seas for centuries are covered in depth and there are interesting chapters on modern piracy and also how pirates have been portrayed in fiction. Maybe the best book ever on this subject?
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic book ! Extremely illustrative and very informative.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 5, 2019
This is a very well written book - providing a clear and precise historical account of the History of Piracy throughout the globe - from Ancient Rome to the present day with all the golden age of piracy and the likes of Admiral Sir Henry Morgan in-between. The book is extremely illustrative, with plenty of maps, old drawings/paintings/wood carving and portraits which really help set the scene. It is quite a thick, heavy book which was a pleasant surprise and gave me many hours of interesting reading. I highly recommend this book!
5.0 out of 5 starsA pleasing present for a GP joining the Royal Navy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2020
I sought this book out as a novel unique read, as a gift, for my GP whose leaving the local surgery to become a medical officer in the Royal Navy. His face told me that he’d enjoy it, especially with my quip of “to be read whilst swaying in your hammock” A breath of fresh air amongst the common piracy books.
It’s not Treasure Island or Jack Sparrow, so don’t expect much swashbuckling. It’s more an illustrated thesis on the subject. I’ve put it in the library in case I ever meet someone who is a bit more of an academic than I.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn interesting and need-to-know timeline of pirates throughout history
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 25, 2019
Arrived pretty and new. Perfect for a surprise uni essay on pirates. Packed full of history from way before the golden age, which is nice and new to read, and picks out key details from and commentates on research into the golden age (because its already well documented). The Pirates in Fiction is a cool bonus chapter as well. An unexpected but delightful release in the topic.