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The Republic of Pirates: Being the true and surprising story of the Caribbean pirates and the man who brought them down Paperback – Unabridged, 16 Jan 2014

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447243935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447243939
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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'Fascinating... beyond rip-roaring adventure stories from the distant past, [the book offers] an opportunity to understand pirates as they truly were--and to be grateful that the worst of them, at least, are gone.' New York Times Book Review

'This breezy, fast-moving book is filled with exciting action and colorful characters. It will provide general readers and those with a special interest in the period much enjoyment.' Booklist

'Disregard Robert Louis Stevenson's rowdy buccaneers, the Disney factory's lively rascals and those musical lads from Penzance: Here are the real pirates of the Caribbean, and the facts are as colorful and exciting as fiction.' Kirkus Reviews

'It's a rollicking tale, filled with rich details of the lives of men who, for their own personal gain, challenged the spread of empires.' Times-Picayune

'The first incisive look at the world of Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Anne Bonny, and their compatriots, and it illuminates as never before one of the most storied yet misunderstood episodes in our past.' Willliam C. Davis, author of The Pirates Laffite

'A rollicking, gangplank-swaying read of a book ...This scrupulously researched book strikes a balance of human interest, romance, drama, war, and historical fact--all key ingredients for an excellent read.' Caribbean Beat

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The book that inspired Crossbones, the NBC television series written and produced by Neil Cross and starring John Malkovich

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Woodard states in his introduction that he intends to paint a picture of the Golden Age of Piracy, the early portion of the 18th Century, by focussing on four key figures: Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch (or Teach, or Thache...), Benjamin Hornigold, Charles Vane, and their nemesis, a prominent Bristol merchant's son-turned-pirate hunter, Woodes Rogers. That's exactly the book he produces, weaving four biographies together to explain the circumstances that allowed the Golden Age to begin, and that would eventually lead to its end. Woodard draws heavily on contemporary sources like court records, ships' logs, a Boston newspaper, and bits and pieces from "A General History of the Pyrates", published in the early 1700s, though he frequently stresses that much within that book was apparently historically inaccurate when compared to his other, more legalistic sources.

For the most part, Woodard is pretty engaging, and does a good job integrating those historical facts into a larger narrative that paints a thorough picture of the era. Occasionally he seems to get a bit carried away, leading to speculative sections that - while clearly noted as such - feel a little reaching. At most, though, that's a minor quibble.

I was more disappointed with the relatively abrupt end to the book. Unfortunately, in setting out to follow the four men mentioned above, Woodard runs out of steam and detail when they are, for various reasons, taken out of the picture. Bartholemew Roberts, described as taking over 400 ships, barely gets a mention. The female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny also get very little material, despite records of their incarceration. Perhaps it's just that there was not enough historical data for him to draw together an interesting narrative.
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I've always been interested in the stories of famous pirates and thanks to this book I've found out the real stories are much more interesting than the legends. Woodard doesn't focus wholly on them though, he also includes a lot of information on life in early 18th century Britain for context which I found just as interesting, Information seems to be well researched and if there is any doubt Woodard states it.
Overall, not too heavy going, very interesting and exactly what you want when it comes to real pirate stories.
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Surprisingly boring. It felt like the author was determined to squeeze in every single piece of research in all its detail. This might be fine for a reference book, but I felt the narrative suffered
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An excellent book bringing so many characters of this time to life and dispelling a barrel of myths which have grown over the decades. I shall read this again, I have no doubt.
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Brilliant read, anyone that has watched Black Sails on TV has to read this.
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Vividly captures the realities of that age.
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This is a fascinating read, if written a little too dryly. It reads like, what it is really, a history book. There are many exciting episodes but unfortunately they are not written so.
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