The 30-year golden age of piracy stretched into the early 18th century. During that time, as this vividly written book by historian Matthew West shows, poverty and oppression prompted many men - and even a few women - to sea in search of treasure, adventure, and sometimes revenge.
The treasure taken in a single trip could net a captain many times the profit an average sailor might expect to gain over a lifetime. The Pirates provides an exciting glimpse into the characters, crimes, and legends created by the buccaneers.
What members say
Sort of a cliff notes survey of the "Golden Age"
A few interesting stories about pirates around Africa and India during the Golden age, but otherwise it sort of reads like a dis-organized Cliff Notes version of The Republic of Pirates, which I recommend as a vastly superior and far better-researched and detailed piece of work.
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