- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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'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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Overall, not too heavy going, very interesting and exactly what you want when it comes to real pirate stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought for uni module had quick flick through, looks good so far.Published 1 month ago by Busy Bee Mum
Fantastic. Looked like new. Arrived in a good time. Couldn't ask for more.Published on 13 Dec. 2014 by janie