A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates Paperback – 6 Jan 2002
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From the Back Cover
Originally published in 1724 and now with an introduction and commentary by David Cordingly, best-selling author of the pirate classic Under the Black Flag this famous account of the most notorious pirates of the day was an immediate success. Written by the mysterious Captain Charles Johnson, it appeared in the book world at a time since described as the "Golden Age of Piracy." With his dramatic writing style, which vividly captures the realities of their savage existence, the author documents specific events, including trials, in the lives of a number of the most feared pirates. Highly detailed, these accounts ensure that the pirates were accurately depicted in all their gruesome glory.Indeed, this book has become the main source for scholars seeking to learn more about the female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny and was largely responsible for the posthumous fame of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. In the nearly 300 years since its first publication, it has come to be generally regarded as the classic study of one of the most popular subjects in maritime history." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Captain Johnson was for some years thought to be Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe. His exact identity is still unkown. David Cordingly is the author of the bestselling Under the Black Flag, Life Among the Pirates, Seafaring Women, The Billy Ruffian, and Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. He was Keeper of Pictures and Head of Exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum for twelve years, where he organized such exhibitions as "Captain James Cook, Navigator," "The Mutiny on the Bounty," and "Pirates: Fact and Fiction." He lives by the sea in Brighton, England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The accounts by 'Captain Johnson' dispel any romance and make it clear that the lives of most pirates in this period were tough, often bloody, and always in fear of being captured, tried and hung. The descriptions of brutality in some passages made me wince.
Johnson had extraordinary access to information, which surely narrows the field as to who he was. PLEASE will some historian figure it out!
A great read but IMHO not suitable for children
I have enjoyed other editions of Johnson but they are now out of print. So it's not only good news that it is in print. It's also enjoyable to have the book and situation so thoroughly and elegantly elucidated - through its introduction by a historian who co-created a fascinating exhibition on pirates at Britain's National Maritime Museum.
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