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Excellent book but ... WARNING
on 19 August 2003
This is indeed an excellent book, probably as close to definitive in its subject matter as can be got. However, although the following is NOT a critique of the quality of either book's contents, am afraid I cannot wax lyrical further as LIFE AMONG THE PIRATES is ... exactly the SAME book as UNDER THE BLACK FLAG.
Neither book's flysheet mentions any "Originally published as" statements, so I think the work was published as LIFE AMONG THE PIRATES (Little, Brown & Co. 1995; reprint by Abacus 2000/2002) in the UK, but for the United States market as UNDER THE BLACK FLAG (Harvest/Harcourt Brace & Co. 1997). Am not exaggerating: Introduction, Chapter Titles, Maps, Illustrations, Appendices, Glossary, and Bibliography are the same - word-perfect. I do feel rather 'slapped in the face' (and with egg on it, too!). Whilst I accept that Amazon are not to blame for this embarrassing échec, I hope Amazon will list my review/comment so that others will not make the same mistake ...!!!