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A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Piratesby Charles Johnson
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Originally published in 1724—and now with an introduction and commentary by David Cordingly,
best-selling author of the pirate classic Under the Black Flag—this famous account of the most notorious pirates of the day was an immediate success. Written by the mysterious Captain Charles Johnson, it appeared in the book world at a time since described as the “Golden Age of Piracy.” With his dramatic writing style, which vividly captures the realities of their savage existence, the author documents specific events, including trials, in the lives of a number of the most feared pirates. Highly detailed, these accounts ensure that the pirates were accurately depicted in all their gruesome glory.
Indeed, this book has become the main source for scholars seeking to learn more about the female pirates Mary Read and Anne Bonny and was largely responsible for the posthumous fame of Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. In the nearly 300 years since its first publication, it has come to be generally regarded as the classic study of one of the most popular subjects in maritime history.
Book News Annotation:
This is a new edition of Captain Charles Johnson's original 1724 publication providing detailed profiles and accounts of the most notorious pirates of the time. The classic work has become a central reference for pirate historians seeking information on several pirates. This edition includes an introduction and commentary by Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates, as well as mechanical editing for the ease of modern readers. Those interested in the golden age of piracy will enjoy this volume. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Originally published in 1724, this famous account chronicles the lives and exploits of the most notorious pirates from Anne Bonny to Blackbeard.
The classic account of the lives & exploits of the most notorious pirates of the Golden Age—from Anne Bonny to Blackbeard
About the Author
Captain Charles Johnson was long thought to be Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe. His exact identity is still unknown.
David Cordingly is the best-selling author of the pirate classic Under the Black Flag, Life Among the Pirates, Seafaring Women, and The Billy Ruffian, and Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. He was previously Keeper of Pictures and Head of Exhibitions at the United Kingdoms National Maritime Museum.
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