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A very different pirate tale,
This review is from: If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Bartholomew Roberts - King of the Caribbean (Hardcover)This book is fascinating and a fast read.Richard Sanders admirably satisfies my love for swashbuckling and rollicking pirate tales, whilst providing historical and societal background in great detail. Anyone who's read Robert Louis Stevenson will find that "If a Pirate I must be..." illuminates the buccaneers and privateers in those novels, particularly affirming their admirably classless, democratic virtues as well as their excessive, drunken foibles. The peg-legged and the half-blind, cast-off by navy or merchantman, found welcome amidst the sea's original equal opportunity employers. Sanders's book complements the recent film about the slave trade, "Amazing Grace", as it depicts the abominable life of sailors on the slavers' ships, where crewmen, on occasion, were reduced to begging food from their enchained victims. Reading of Bartholomew Roberts, his origins, and brief career I felt sympathy and admiration for the man, and a better understanding of the period.
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