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The Pirate Wars

The Pirate Wars

Peter Earle

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The Pirate Wars takes the romantic fable of oceangoing Robin Hoods sailing under the "banner of King Death" and contrasts it with the murderous reality of robbery, torture, and murder on the high seas. Noted maritime historian Peter Earle charts centuries of piracy, from Cornwall to the Caribbean, from the sixteenth century to the hanging of the last pirate captain in Boston in 1835. Along the way, we meet characters like Edward Teach, the notorious "Blackbeard," the treasure-hungry Captain Kidd, the dreaded corsairs of Barbary, and the defiant buccaneers of the West Indies.
The Pirate Wars is an account of the golden age of pirates and of the men of the legitimate navies of the world charged with the task of finally bringing these cutthroats to justice.

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Praise for The Pirate Wars

“Wonderfully detailed.” —San Antonio Express-News

“A well-researched effort on an extensive subject, this is highly recommended.” —Library Journal

“Fascinating...His scholarship is solid, and his telling of this complex story is lucid and well paced.” —The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

“A thoroughly entertaining read that dispels a number of myths and spins many a good yarn.” —Daily Mail (UK)

“Earle is both swashbuckling and serious in this marvelous survey of piracy over 230 years.” —The Oxford Times (UK)

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About the author

Peter Earle

Peter Earle formerly taught at the London School of Economics and is now Emeritus Reader in Economic History at the University of London. He is the author of over a dozen books on maritime history.

Peter Earle

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