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4.0 out of 5 stars A swashbuckling read!, 7 May 2007
This review is from: If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Bartholomew Roberts - King of the Caribbean (Hardcover)
If you've ever had even the slightest interest in pirates - and let's face it, which of us didn't as a kid? - then you'll love this portrait of the pirate supreme. It's fantastically-researched, but also reads like a fast-moving novel or action movie, as Bartholomew Roberts whizzes across the ocean from fight to fight. It takes you beyond the myths to show how some of our popular impressions of pirates are rubbish, while plenty of others are spot on (the rum, the skull & cross-bones etc). And, most interestingly for me at least, in and among the action, it slips in fascinating background of seldom-discussed social issues - for example, the relatively 'democratic' practices among pirate crews; the universally dire conditions for all sailors of the age; and the use of black slaves on pirate crews. In what for me is always the tell-tale sign of a great read, I found myself failing to resist the temptation to peep to the last page before I'd finished to find out what happened to Bartholomew. Fortunately, the last page doesn't give it away!
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