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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (Nov. 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887769241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887769245
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 1.6 x 23.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 794 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #370,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

William Gilkerson is a sailor, painter, journalist, and historian. He is the author of ten nonfiction books on nautical topics as well as works of satire, art commentary, and fiction. His two-volume treatise on the development of ship’s weapons, Boarders Away, is a standard text. His drawings, watercolors, and oils have been featured in several major exhibitions and have been reproduced in books, magazines, and on film. William Gilkerson lives in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia.

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For anyone interested in the history of high-seas piracy -- not including the modern East African variety -- "A Thousand years of Pirates" is the best book ever. William Gilkerson, historian, author and marine artist, has combined his exceptional talents to produce a work that appeals to, educates and entertains all ages, including mine and those of my grandchildren. It is the perfect companion piece to Gilkerson's recently published novel "Pirate's Passage"Pirate's Passage. "A Thousand Years" brings sharply and convincingly into focus the lives and times of the men -- and a few women -- whose names pepper the archives of sea-going brigandry, and whose stories form the web within which the more modern setting of "Pirate's Passage" is woven.
Gilkerson gets it right. If he says an attack took place on a Thursday with the wind in the east and the seas in turmoil, that's the way it was. And not only are the descriptions dead accurate, but so are the paintings and drawings: east wind, rough seas, sails drawing just so, and every detail of rigging, weapon and costume exactly correct. This isn't cobbled together romance with a Disney glaze, this is what it was, warts and all. But beautifully portrayed.
The book itself is handsomely produced, fine paper, excellent printing and picture reproduction. I bought several to give as Christmas presents.
Rating? Five stars. If I could I would award six.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning collection sea tales for young and old Dec 24 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"A Thousand Years of Pirates" is a 96-page chapter book for kids age 10 and up about guess what, pirates! Ten spectacular pirates' tales and legends are retold and beautifully illustrated by haunting paintings. Although the author declares most of the tales to be fiction, they come from a long tradition and are carefully researched for their authenticity and correct historical context. "A Thousand Years of Pirates" is unafraid to show the dark side of a pirate's life, a feature which may appeal to some of its intended audience. Catch the excitement of the real life experience of a prate's adventures in this stunning collection sea tales for young and old.
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest illustrator alive in this nautical genre Feb. 15 2014
By Don E. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
William Gilkerson has written the finest non-fiction book about pirates. He is also the finest illustrator alive in this nautical genre,
His other fictional nautical novels are some of the most entertaining stories written in this genre.