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ISBN13: 9780786884513
ISBN10: 0786884517
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Everybody knows the legend of Captain Kidd, America's most ruthless buccanneer. Few people realize that the facts of his life make for a much better tale. Kidd was actually a tough New York sea captain hired to chase pirates, a married war hero whose secret mission took a spectacularly bad turn.

This harrowing tale traces Kidd's voyages in the 1690s from his home near Wall Street to Whitehall Palace in London, from the ports of the Caribbean to a secret pirate paradise off Madagascar. Author Richard Zacks, during his research, also unearthed the story of a long forgotten rogue named Robert Culliford, who dogged Kidd and led Kidd's crew to mutiny not once but twice. The lives of Kidd and Culliford play out like an unscripted duel: one man would hang in the harbor, the other would walk away with the treasure. Filled with superb writing and impeccable research, The Pirate Hunter is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a ripping good yarn, and it delivers something rare: an authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

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This harrowing tale traces Kidd's voyages in the 1690s from his home near Wall Street to London, from the ports of the Caribbean to a secret pirate paradise off Madagascar. Filled with superb research, "The Pirate Hunter "is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a ripping good yarn--an authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

Synopsis:

A literary treasure, "The Pirate Hunter" is a masterpiece of historical detective work, and a rare, authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

Synopsis:

A literary treasure, The Pirate Hunter is a masterpiece of historical detective work, and a rare, authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure galley pitted him against arrogant Royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and, above all, flesh-and-blood pirates. Superbly written and impeccably researched, The Pirate Hunter is one ripping good yarn.

About the Author

Richard Zacks is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, a former syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, and a freelance journalist for Atlantic Monthly, Time, the Village Voice, London Times, Life, and other publications.

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Michael Lovejoy, July 10, 2008 (view all comments by Michael Lovejoy)
This book was great! Zacks immerses the reader in the life of Captain Kidd. I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a great story and historical facts about pirates and sailors.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786884513
Author:
Zacks, Richard
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Pirates
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Pbk
Series Volume:
03-421
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
434
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1875 in 12.48 oz
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , This harrowing tale traces Kidd's voyages in the 1690s from his home near Wall Street to London, from the ports of the Caribbean to a secret pirate paradise off Madagascar. Filled with superb research, "The Pirate Hunter "is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a ripping good yarn--an authentic pirate story for grown-ups.
"Synopsis" by , A literary treasure, "The Pirate Hunter" is a masterpiece of historical detective work, and a rare, authentic pirate story for grown-ups.
"Synopsis" by , A literary treasure, The Pirate Hunter is a masterpiece of historical detective work, and a rare, authentic pirate story for grown-ups.

Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure galley pitted him against arrogant Royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and, above all, flesh-and-blood pirates. Superbly written and impeccably researched, The Pirate Hunter is one ripping good yarn.
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