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Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age Hardcover – 28 May 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; 1st edition (28 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844670082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844670086
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 891,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No one who is interested in the history of the eighteenth century can afford to ignore this book." -- Christopher Hill "Triumphant ... What distinguishes Rediker's work is his unwavering and unsentimental focus on the seaman's labour and experience in his cramped wooden world." -- E.P. Thompson

About the Author

Marcus Rediker is Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, which won the Organization of American Historians Merle Curti Social History Award and the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize, and co-author, with Peter Linebaugh, of The Many-Headed Hydra, which won the International Labor History Association Book Prize.


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Format: Paperback
What is it about pirates that is so universally appealing to the romantic imagination? One need look no further for the answer to this question than this fabulous book which tells the story of the pirates in the "golden age" of piracy (a brief period from about 1690 to about 1730 or so). The book provides a clear history of piracy on the high seas, with fascinating character outlines and histories provided for all the best-known (and most beloved) pirate figures (think Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, who apparently stuck lit sparklers into his beard and under his hat so that he looked like the Devil himself; Anne Bonny, the Captain Morgan - of the Rum fame I'm assuming - and Mary Read). Despite being - as Rediker makes clear - the first terrorists (before the label had even been invented) these were generally hard-done by chaps, mistreated in the Navy, who had dared to imagine a life of freedom, and, what's more "dared to try to live it." (p. 175).

So entertaining - such a good read - and so well-written. If you like historical pirates and tales of rip-roaring adventure on the high seas - this is the book for you.
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Format: Hardcover
fantastic book couldn't put it down, very easy to read yet well referenced, totally inspiring, Id recommend anyone who's interested in fighting racism or has a bit of a rebel in them to go buy this book and force your friends to read it!!
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