Pirates – A Who’s Who classic history, available in paperback.

Pirate's - A Who's Who Giving Particulars

Surely pirates, taking them in their broadest sense, are as much entitled to a biographical dictionary of their own as are politicians, clergymen, race-horses, or artists in ferro-concrete, who all have their own “Who’s Who”? This volume does not pretend to be a history of piracy, but is simply an attempt to gather together, from various sources, particulars of those redoubtable pirates and buccaneers whose names have been handed down to us in a desultory way.

To write a whole history of piracy would be a great undertaking, but a very interesting one. Piracy must have begun in the far, dim ages, and perhaps when some naked savage, paddling himself across a tropical river, met with another adventurer on a better tree-trunk, or carrying a bigger bunch of bananas, the first act of piracy was committed. Indeed, piracy must surely be the third oldest profession in the world.

In this book are contained brief accounts of some of the most famous pirates and buccaneers who have left their marks upon history. Their exploits with their attending morals and motives were surely many and varied. Among their ranks heroes and villains were no less uncommon than among those who found themselves in other professions.

16 comments to Pirates – A Who’s Who classic history, available in paperback.

  • While popular culture has the inherent tendency to make sensations out of historical legacies, like Pirates and Buccaneers, the exposure of many hardly goes beyond that of the widely famous “Pirates of the Caribbean” series. Even though it is, in itself, riddled with both accuracies and inaccuracies, Johnny Depp’s ongoing role as Captain Jack Sparrow is typically the first first character to be conjured up in the mind of many when the word “pirate” is mentioned. Engulfed in popular culture, some fail to realize that there are many other notable pirates who have staked a claim on history: some widely known, while others are a bit more obscure. After reading the Amazon listing, and excerpt for this book, it certainly looks like something I would enjoy quite a bit.

    • Let me join the chorus of peolpe celebrating the long overdue release of the Chandlers, this is excellent news.However as someone who works in Somalia I cannot underline enough the grave implications of a ransom having been paid.There is no doubt that the risks for sailors is now greater than ever before. Why should it be any different?The pirates are not motivated by ideology, it is cash they are after, whether that comes from the family and friends of hostages or from a Government, the message is clear kidnapping pays off, espcially in a country where there is next to zero opportunities for young peolpe seeking to support themsleves and their families.

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  • Keeper of the Books

    There’s no doubt that Pirates of the Carib. borrowed heavily from this, as well as other sources. The entire tone of the book is very tongue in cheek, and the “swashbuckling” mostly consists of the pirating of ale and spirits from other pirates. However, some of the more serious early acts of piracy are also discussed, those which were heavy drags on the early British empire and Spain. It is interesting that piracy has risen again, in more modern times, but the method is still the same. Find a vulnerable boat, surround it or stop it, board it using weapons, and take the cargo, the ship, and often the crew, as prisoners/workers. Amazing how some things never really change.

  • Chris

    Pirates? Who these days does not like the concept of pirates. We have the mythical pirates who roamed the seven seas as depicted in mainstream cinema, like in the Pirates of the Caribbean. For better and for worse, films like this sort of glamorize the lifestyle; when in fact it is not generally like the one depicted in those movies. While they are criminals, their lifestyle is not one that is particularly easy to live with. Even in the modern day, with pirates from Somalia (and other nations); it is evident that many pirates are sort of forced into the profession by a desire to provide for their family and so on. This book will probably give some great insight into the classic pirates and their lifestyle that we heard about from the past, and give us new light on modern piracy.

  • Steven

    I cannot ever remember learning about pirates in any of my history classes, and though I knew they existed in the past I never knew they were of modern day until I heard news of the piracy in Somalia. I actually didn’t believe it when I first heard it, and yet it was true. I think this is a good subject for a book as it is important to know all aspects of history.

  • I wanted to spend a miunte to thank you for this.

  • Pirates, usually are engaged in violence robbery and criminal acts. The narration of Pirates of the Caribbean” series provides the thriller stories which indeed attract all. Its legendery narration and the documention of facts is something handed over to the present generation which is subjective to our interpretation.

  • People like to hear about the person who did something invincible. Few of the pirates are there who inspire even the gentleman to go through the idea they build to have on the way and the fighting spirit. The book is nice way to bring the ideology of pirates good though need to be accepted.

  • Jane Withlow

    I think my eyes will stayed glue reading that swashbuckling experience. Its no surprise that any book or story about pirates interest me. Its good to have this kind of books that jumps back in time and give us detailed history of it. I think I’ll go give it a read.

  • I am a fan of pirate movies and reading through a book about the real adventures of pirates really enthralled me. I am very excited to read this book. This would give me glimpse about their past and conquest. This could become a next movie in the making. The brief synopsis of the book excites me and I couldn’t wait anymore to read about this book!

  • Karen H.

    I’ve been looking all over for this kind of book. My 13 year-old son loves pirate characters, unfortunately, one pirate that sticks to his mind is Captain Jack Sparrow, who I think isn’t the right and only representation of a pirate. I think this book would not only give him a wide range of impression on what pirates are all about, but this would also widen his mind. I think I would buy this book for him, after checking if this is PG 13.

  • Thomas Cruz

    Obviously, the movie called Pirates of the Caribbean got so much ideas that would coincide with this. There are so many people who are fascinated by pirates. While there is some kind of strong appeal of pirates either in books or in movies, real world pirates are not that comical, but are far more dangerous, life threatening, and scarier. One just cannot imagine how these pirates can survive through time on water for generations.

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