Reading this made me want to steal a boat, hoist and black flag and declare war on the world. The great thing about this edition is that the spelling of the text have been brought to to date but the actual quotes have been left as originals. The woodcut illustrations are proper creepy. I was surprised to find no mention of walking the plank but maybe that is just a Captain Pugwash thing. There's a strong moral message here - if you go a pirating without permission from HRH you will get hung by a rope and then hung in chains, but these lads had so much fun it must have been worth it. Hoist the jolly roger and set sail for Madagascar.
There is'nt alot to say about this book other than it is and incredible piece of history as it is an almost direct copy; word for word, of Cpt Johnsons original book published in the early 18th century.
The reading is heavy going until you get used to the language that was in common use back then, as although is is not far removed from modern English, the sentence structure is very different and the gramma is odd until you get your head around it. After you learn to speak Georgian English it is a very involving book indeed, wonderfuly written and brings adventure on the high seas to life in a way that no other historically based factual book can, for the simple reason that this book was written in the golden age of Piracy, seemingly from a first hand point of view too.
A very fine addition to any budding historians' book shelf who has an interest in maritime history, and an even greater addition to anyone looking to study the TRUE accounts of genuine pirates from the time, and sometimes how unexpected and eye opening they are.
If you are at all interested in the age of piracy, this book is a must for you. It is just about contemporary - 1724 - with all the big names in piracy - Black Bart, Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, amongst many others and also includes the two famous women pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read - and there is a really authentic ring about the text. It is occasionally a bit tedious, but at the same time, the details that Capt Johnson - whoever he was - goes into give you a real feel for the period and the characters. I think it is excellent.
This is the beginning. The first description of what will become an idealized character of many stories in world literature during the centuries. Pirates as they were. Sublime villainy with a romantic angle. Harsh men living in a harsh environment with one human goal: survival. This is an enthralling read - some may find it a bit heavy going at times because of the archaic language -. Stick to it, it's worth the read for hardy fans of the mighty seafarers!