Very indepth, a lot of information; written in a different time so language can be a bit difficult to keep up with but nothing too hard. Only issue I found is that the pages are too white causing a strain with the contrast.
I bought this originally for a research project, yet the stories are of such entertainment that it makes a great read at your leisure. Factually, some of it appears somewhat far fetched yet as there is not much to compare it to, it is the closest thing to fact we have. Moreover, what with great events within other periods of history such as that of the Roman Emperors, I found it believable enough. So overall I would recommend this book wholeheartedly for all who have an interest in the history of pirates and a must have for educational/research purposes.
Although this book was attributed to Daniel Defoe in 1932, editions published since 1988 have restored the unknown character Captain Charles Johnson as author, in light of a comprehensive refutation of the 1932 case for Defoe's authorship. This issue is raised briefly by David Cordingly in his introduction to the more recent editions of 'The Murders and Robberies of the most Notorious Pyrates', and in his introduction to 'The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates'... Of course this should not stop you buying it, and in fact every honest buccaneer really ought to own at least two editions. It is a fearsome and thrilling read from beginning to end, peppered with amusing pirate dialogue and some historically dubious anecdotes, but generally a hearty and fair portrait of the glamorous side of pirate life, especially commendable for its accurate nautical terminology and detailed description of seafaring practices.
So, there are TONS of editions of Defoe/Johnson "History of Pirates". I think this is the most accurate. First of all, ALL biographies are included, and every biography is enriched with all the further details added along the three editions of the original Johnson's book: 1722-3-4. So, just this is definitively an added value. Then the language. The original language is completely preserved. Even if it is now as easy to read as other editions are, it is definitively the most accurate edition. This is the book that you have to use if you are using Defoe/Johnson in academic or you need the most authoritative edition among the others. Highly recommended to all those are working in academy or simply want to be accurate in their writings. If you are looking for something that it is a pleasure to read, just a stories and not a history book, it is better for you to look over some other simplified editions. If you want to face some 18th century's English, and you want to enjoy the book as it was published, this is definitively your book.
The book is , a compreensive story of the most famous pyrates lifes , in the 18th century . The main difficulty , to be able to read it fluently , is the written english used in that time , which is confusing and hard to understand . The book could be a lot more interesting to read and to understsnd , if the sentences and the logic of the stories told , were written in a diferent way . Briefly , a good book , but not easy to read and understand !