Friday, October 30, 2009

Ahoy Matey! 20 Adult books on Pirates

Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean
by Edward Kritzler
At the end of the fifteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition forced many Jews to flee the country. The most adventurous among them took to the high seas as freewheeling outlaws. In ships bearing names such as theProphet Samuel, Queen Esther,andShield of Abraham,they attacked and plundered the Spanish fleet while forming alliances with other European powers to ensure the safety of Jews living in hiding.

Dangerous Waters, modern piracy and terror on the high seas
by John S. Burnett
Entire ships, cargo, and crews simply vanish, hijacked by pirates working for multinational crime syndicates; these modern-day ghost ships turn up later carting illegal immigrants to the United States or running drugs. Burnett probes this dangerous world of thievery and mayhem, from the life-and-death struggles of brave captains and their crews, to the pirate hunters with bounties on their heads, and to the shadowy groups themselves who employ these ruthless, modern-day mercenaries.

Terror on the Seas
by Daniel Sekulich
Visiting such ports as Mombassa and Singapore, voyaging through the notoriously piratical waters off Somalia, and, yes, interviewing a real pirate, the adventurous Sekulich vividly renders the contemporary realities of an ancient maritime scourge.

The Republic of Pirates
by Colin Woodard
Woodard, a journalist and author, recounts the lives of early eighteenth century Caribbean pirates known as the "Flying Gang." He draws from archival materials from Britain and the Americas to describe the Golden Age of Piracy and four of its most prominent figures: pirates Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy, Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch, Charles Vane, and Woodes Rogers, who was sent to confront them.

The Pirate Hunter
by Richard Zacks
Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer. However, Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. Across the oceans of the world, the pirate hunter, Kidd, pursued the pirate, Culliford. One man would hang in the harbor; the other would walk away with the treasure.

Empire of Blue Water
by Stephan Talty
Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, natural disaster, and a cast of characters more compelling, bizarre, and memorable than any found in a Hollywood swashbuckler—including the notorious pirate L’Ollonais, the soul-tortured King Philip IV of Spain, and Thomas Modyford, the crafty English governor of Jamaica—Empire of Blue Waterbrilliantly re-creates the passions and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.

True Tales of Pirates and Their Gold
by Edward Rowe Snow
Edward Snow wrote for the Boston Herald for many years and published many books on about shipwreaks,treasure, and sea mysterys. Anybody who likes Pirates of the Carrabean, will love his true stories of real pirates.

The Privateers, a raiding voyage to the great South Sea
by Fleming MacLeish & Martin L. Krieger
The Story of the 1708 expedition of Captain Woodes Rogers who, awarded letters of marque against the Spanish, set out to hunt the famed Manila Galleon which, once a year carried the gold of South America to Manila and returned with the riches of the Indies.

Expedition Whydah
by Barry Clifford & Paul Perry
Captain "Black Sam" Bellamy and his band of pirates terrorized the high seas, looting gold from more than 50 ships and loading it onto the WHYDAH, a captured slave ship, before running aground and sinking in the Great Storm of 1717.

Pirates, Privateers and Rebel Raiders of the Carolina Coast
by Lindley S. Butler
Chronicles the adventures of some of the nation's most famous maritime figures, from Blackbeard to Confederate raiders.

The History of Piracy
by Philip Gosse
A thorough overview of worldwide piracy concentrating on the Mediterranean and Caribbean, but including the Far East. Even three cases of female pirates are covered.

Captain Kidd and the War Against the Pirates
by Robert C. Ritchie
Armed with tales of hidden treasure and cold steel cutlasses, professor Robert Ritchie weaves a wonderful tale of the time of the pirates as they plundered shipping and coastal towns from the Caribbean to the Indian Ocean in search of excitement and riches.

Jolly Roger
by Patrick Pringle
Pringle's 1953 volume separates the fact from the fiction and examines the lives and deeds of Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, Anne Bonney, and other maritime marauders.

The Pirates Pact
by Douglas R. Burgess Jr.
Burgess recounts the stories of the political and business figures who supported the pirates and their voyages of plunder and murder, describing how the colonial governors in North America and the West Indies engaged in pirate brokering, selling privateering commissions that legitimized the armed seizure of treasure-laden ships as far away as the Red Sea.

The Pirate Wars
by Peter Earle
Professor Earle mines British Admiralty records to find that the romance of the pirate life was certainly not an invention of those who made the mistake of choosing to live it. Piracy was a costly and deadly business, a fact of which those responsible for making shipping safe and profitable were well aware.

Under the Black Flag
by David Cordingly
Widespread piracy began in the Western world in 1650 and ended abruptly around 1725. Cordingly, formerly on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in England, describes who became pirates, what they wore (scarves or handkerchiefs around their head, just like in the movies); and how they lived.

Pirates Predators of the Seas
by Angus Konstam
Chock-full of great photos and artwork Konstam dispels falsehoods and illuminates the truth. Shipwreck, betrayal, torture, chests of stolen gold, this exciting book has it all.

The Age of Piracy
by Robert Carse
Carse an experienced sailor has prowled the most inaccessible areas of the Caribbean in search of the former haunts of the great buccaneers. All the great names are here, Morgan, kidd, Teach, Lafitttes, Hawkins, Drake and many others. Carse looks at how they lived, sailed, fought, and divided their spoils.

Raiders and Rebels
by Frank Sherry
From 1692 to 1725 pirates sailed the oceans of the world, terrorizing seamen and plundering ships laden with the riches of India, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Beneath these well known facts lies the true story of pirates. They were common men and women escaping the social and economic restrictions of 18th-century Europe. Sherry does a great job showing the evolution from early buccaneers to king's privateers to outright pirates and describing the joy and pain of daily priate life as well as the reality of the pirate's activities.

Sack of Panama : Captain Morgan and the Battle for the Caribbean
by Peter Earle
The book covers not only the scandalous events in the Colonial West Indies, but also the alarmed reacions of diplomats and statesmen in Madrid and London.While Morgan and his men were laying siege to Panam , the simmering hostilities between the two nations resulted in vicious political infighting that rivaled the military battles in intensity.With a wealth of colorful characters and international intrigue, The Sack of Panam is a painstaking history that doubles as a rip-roaring adventure tale.


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