- Paperback: 800 pages
- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (21 Aug. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0486404889
- ISBN-13: 978-0486404882
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.9 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A General History of the Pyrates (Dover Maritime) Paperback – 21 Aug 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
Factually, some of it appears somewhat far fetched yet as there is not much to compare it to, it is the closest thing to fact we have. Moreover, what with great events within other periods of history such as that of the Roman Emperors, I found it believable enough.
So overall I would recommend this book wholeheartedly for all who have an interest in the history of pirates and a must have for educational/research purposes.
This issue is raised briefly by David Cordingly in his introduction to the more recent editions of 'The Murders and Robberies of the most Notorious Pyrates', and in his introduction to 'The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates'...
Of course this should not stop you buying it, and in fact every honest buccaneer really ought to own at least two editions. It is a fearsome and thrilling read from beginning to end, peppered with amusing pirate dialogue and some historically dubious anecdotes, but generally a hearty and fair portrait of the glamorous side of pirate life, especially commendable for its accurate nautical terminology and detailed description of seafaring practices.
Then the language. The original language is completely preserved. Even if it is now as easy to read as other editions are, it is definitively the most accurate edition.
This is the book that you have to use if you are using Defoe/Johnson in academic or you need the most authoritative edition among the others.
Highly recommended to all those are working in academy or simply want to be accurate in their writings.
If you are looking for something that it is a pleasure to read, just a stories and not a history book, it is better for you to look over some other simplified editions. If you want to face some 18th century's English, and you want to enjoy the book as it was published, this is definitively your book.
Salvatore Poier, PhD
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for my grandson so can't really give an honest review. He seemed to love it as he loves history.Published 22 months ago by Ugly Monkey
Very interesting piece of history. Tough read but worth it if this period of time interests you. Swift delivery and book in very good condition.Published on 29 Nov. 2013 by Ellis
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