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Often romanticized in print and on the silver screen, real-life pirates were a brutal menace that plagued the high seas. In this book, Angus Konstam separates myth from reality, tracing the history of piracy through the centuries, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians to the Viking raids and on to the era of privateers. He discusses the so-called "Golden Age of Piracy" and colorful characters such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, before examining the West's initial encounters with Eastern pirates off the Chinese coast and the phenomenon of the modern pirate. Highly illustrated with color images and specially commissioned maps throughout, this is a unique exploration of the pirate world.
About the Author
Angus Konstam hails from Orkney, off the north of Scotland, and is the author of well over 100 history books, 75 of which are published by Osprey. He has written widely on naval history from The Pirate World to his most recent works, Hunt the Bismarck and Mutiny on the Spanish Main, both published by Osprey. A former naval officer, he has worked as a museum curator in the Royal Armouries, Tower of London and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland. Now a full-time author and historian, he has returned to live in Orkney.
"This book is well-written and accurate, while the illustrations are an effective mix of period and modern reproductions with informative captions." - Ship's Library
“Avast ye! If contemplating buying this rousing book, don’t feel like a sword is pricking your back as you’re forced to walk the plank toward a plunge into Davy Jones’ locker. “The Pirate World” is well worth a few pieces of eight.” - Toy Soldier & Model Figure
"Angus Konstam, a renowned maritime historian, has produced this very colorful book about a very colorful subject: maritime piracy." - Seapower Magazine