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White Gold

Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: History, World
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In the summer of 1716, a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow and 52 of his comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Their captors, fanatical Islamic slave traders, had declared war on the whole of Christendom. Thousands of Europeans had been snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Sale in Morocco to be sold to the highest bidder.

White Gold is an extraordinary and shocking story. Drawn from unpublished letters and manuscripts written by slaves, and by the padres and ambassadors sent to free them, it reveals a disturbing and forgotten chapter of history, told with all the pace and verve of one of our finest historians.

©2004 Giles Milton (P)2005 Hodder & Stoughton Audiobooks

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Insightful and extremely interesting

Fantastic overview of the Barbary slave trade as a whole, while focusing on the highly interesting story of one particular slave. Perfect balance between storytelling and presenting the historical context of an area of history most are completely unaware of.

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Fascinating story

This is a very interesting factual account about a subject I knew nothing of. It is well narrated and holds attention easily.

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