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The Mammoth Book of Pirates: Over 25 True Tales of Devilry and Daring by the Most Infamous Pirates of All Time [Paperback]

Jon E. Lewis
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June 1 2006 Mammoth Book of
Awash with skullduggery, malice, terror, and opportunism, here are 28 first-hand memoirs and contemporary reports of the most famous pirates to sail the seven seas, including Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, ‘Calico Jack' Rackham, Anne Bonney, and Jean Lafitte. These range from the Golden Age of piracy, beginning in the mid 16th century with the birth of the ‘buccaneers' in the Caribbean, to more recent times. Some of the accounts covered are Francis ‘Scourge of Spain' Drake's audacious night treasure raid on Nombre de Dios, the capture of Panama by Henry Morgan, cruelest of the ‘Brethren of the Coast', Alexander Exquemelin's fly-on-the-wall telling of the ‘wicked order of pirates or robbers of the sea,' and the journal of William Dampier which was found stashed in a hollow bamboo tube, after he fled life as a Somerset farmer. In addition, this book offers the Pirate's Code of Honour (article 4: lights out at eight o'clock, 'if after that hour any still remainedinclined to drinking, to do it on open deck'), a listing of pirate songs, and a full pirate chronology.


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Jon E. Lewis is a regular editor of Mammoth titles, including The Mammoth Book of How it Happened: Everest, The Mammoth Book of Life Before the Mast, and bestselling The Mammoth Book of How it Happened.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring... Sept. 21 2009
Format:Paperback
If you are looking for an interesting storyline this is not it. It took me 3 days to get through the first chapter because I could not concentrate on such a boring book. It was like reading a textbook, you get information if you are able to concentrate long enough to understand it...but that is not likely to happen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and sometimes funny Sept. 6 2006
By Adam Slight - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all I'd like to comment on the previous review. It is clear that the reviewer stopped reading the book within the first chapter as their review is based completely on a poor chapter to begin a book. After you fight your way through that one first chapter and give the book a second chance, you won't be let down -- that is if you find history interesting in the first place. Some chapters are written by actual pirates and some are written by historians. Either way, each chapter is fun and interesting. If you want to learn about pirates, I recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swash buckling fun and full of info April 10 2007
By A. Bonfield - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing book, chock full of facts from the horses mouth. Many of the tales printed are from actual journals, documents, diaries, manifests etc so its very interesting to hear first hand stories of these tales. Some of them are a little hard to follow as most of the author wrote in 3rd person but other than that its awesome.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book June 20 2014
By electricamerman - Published on Amazon.com
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Engaging summer reading. Good introduction to the subject. Some might find it slightly dry in that British historical sort of way, but exceptionally well researched and foot-noted. As accurate an account of such things as is possible. I enjoyed it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pirates Abound Nov. 16 2013
By Teri Showalter - Published on Amazon.com
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A really cool book with loads of information about the pirates. It is written in a manner that kids can understand too and any little boy or girl that is in to Pirates would just love this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars a thrilling and enjoyable yarn Sept. 15 2013
By Nicholas Noerby-Thomasen - Published on Amazon.com
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the book contains a rare insight into the good old days of piracy, told in a thrilling way. The book is written in very easily read way and with exciting details.
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