The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd Hardcover – 1 Jun 2002
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An enthralling new biography ... Captain Kidd practically swaggers off the pages of this rich, riotous bio -- Time Magazine
Forget all those swashbuckling movies. This is real piracy: a harrowing tale of deceit, danger, greed and lust. -- ABC News
reminiscent...of Defoe, vividly illustrating the brutalities of life on a seagoing vessel and the chaos of urban society at the end of the seventeeth century -- New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Richard Zacks is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, a former syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, and a freelance journalist for Atlantic Monthly, Time, the Village Voice, London Times, Life, and other publications.
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Top Customer Reviews
He was severely let down by his backers and why he didn't cut and run when he had the chance is a mystery. He certainly committed one severe act of piracy and possibly minor ones. Others who did the same or worse managed to get away with it, perhaps not many but Kidd may have done so had he played his cards differently and been less cocksure.
Having read this I then read some other accounts of the same episodes and I think that the author paints a too sympathetic picture of Kidd. But the depth of his research would make it presumptious to differ too strongly with his conclusions. There is much information about Kidd's contempories and the conditions of the time and what the author has surmised appears fair enough!
If there is little if any swash and buckle in this tale it is none the worse for that - it is still a "rattling good yarn" and excellently told. I trust Mr. Zacks will not rest on his pen. And my remark about "so much information" should not ignore the profundity of his research and the three years spent acquiring it. (Until you find the pearl opening oyster after oyster can be somewhat boring.)
Good book give it a whirl.
An ideal book to gem up on a few pirate facts and stories. Perfect for impressing one's children with!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting and enjoyable read of a unique character with a tragic end.Published 1 month ago by wurzel
amazing book! i really liked the story of captain kidd! those men has seen the world much more than most of the people of 21th century!Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by Francesco Durastanti