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The pirate picture

Author: William Rayner Thrower
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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A fascinating history of piracy from its early days to the middle of the last century, when the establishment of British naval power signalled its virtual demise. Since piracy is surrounded by much myth and folklore, the author has succeeded in ridding the subject of some of its popular misconceptions, without detracting from the extraordinary achievements of the pirates. In most cases their lives were unromantic,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Rayner Thrower
ISBN: 1566191483 9781566191487
OCLC Number: 28366828
Description: x, 171 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: by Rayner Thrower.

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A fascinating history of piracy from its early days to the middle of the last century, when the establishment of British naval power signalled its virtual demise. Since piracy is surrounded by much myth and folklore, the author has succeeded in ridding the subject of some of its popular misconceptions, without detracting from the extraordinary achievements of the pirates. In most cases their lives were unromantic, sordid and likely to end on the gallows; but they were also capable of heroic feats of bravery and endurance, and those very attributes could, on some occasions, change the course of international history.

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