on 21 July 2006
This is an attractively put together book on the history and details of pirate life. I have been searching for a resource on the subject that presents information on pirates in such a way as to not seem tedious and boring, but instead inspiring and fun (which, as we all know--pirates are fun!). With all the interest sparked on the pillaging bands of men, and sometimes women, with recent films this volume is a must have for anyone with an interest in pirates. Of course, it would obviously appeal to children and is definitely appropriate for that tender age group, but adults can also find much to appreciate.
Meant to be a fun, yet brief overview of pirate life in general, if anyone is wanting more detailed information on a specific aspect of pirate life and history, this is likely still a good starting point for your research. It covers everything from modes of dress,the weapons they used and specific types of pirate ships (especially useful for me, as I had no idea of the names for them in the first place!) to a nice selection of some of the more notoriously known pirates in history and the type of treatment they could expect after capture. There are loads of little tidbits of information besides the main paragraphs, stashed underneath pictures in captions too, so look closely. The book is also slightly interactive with bits of papers and notes that one can pull out and actually hold, such as a privateer's license. So if you're interested in a book on pirates that presents information in an interesting, completely un-textbook-like format, this is the book for you. A treasured item on my bookshelf for sure!
Breakdown of sections (two page spreads per section):
*History (with a nice photo of Wil Turner and Captain Jack Sparrow for all you fans)
*Ships and Flags
*Life on Board
*Pirate Gallery (Short bios about famous pirates)
*Pirate Lore (setting pirate myths straight)
*Pirate Attack! (What it was like when pirates pillaged and sieged)
*Life on Land (What pirates did for "fun" while not on ship)
*Capture and Trial
*Punishment (safe for the kids--no gory details)
on 14 May 2009
Lavishly illustrated and nicely detailed, this hardcover book would make a great gift. I loved the little touches such as the 'rubies' set in the eye-sockets of the skull and crossbones on the front, and have had hours of fun with this book myself (despite buying it for my son!).
Reasonably priced on here, even taking postage into account (it's a pretty big book), and highly recommended.