A General History of the Pyrates (Dover Maritime) Paperback – 21 Aug 1999
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About the Author
English author Daniel Defoe was at times a trader, political activist, criminal, spy and writer, and is considered to be one of England s first journalists. A prolific writer, Defoe is known to have used at least 198 pen names over the course of a career in which he produced more than five hundred written works. Defoe is best-known for his novels detailing the adventures of the castaway Robinson Crusoe, which helped establish and popularize the novel in eighteenth century England. In addition to Robinson Crusoe, Defoe penned other famous works including Captain Singleton, A Journal of the Plague Year, Captain Jack, Moll Flanders and Roxana. Defoe died in 1731.
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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
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.
The main difficulty , to be able to read it fluently , is the written english used in that time , which is confusing and hard to understand . The book could be a lot more interesting to read and to understsnd , if the sentences and the logic of the stories told , were written in a diferent way .
Briefly , a good book , but not easy to read and understand !
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Bought for my grandson so can't really give an honest review. He seemed to love it as he loves history.Published 11 months ago by Ugly Monkey