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The World Atlas of Pirates: Treasures and Treachery on the Seven Seas--in Maps, Tall Tales, and Pictures

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The World Atlas of Pirates: Treasures and Treachery on the Seven Seas--in Maps, Tall Tales, and Pictures

Lively, accessible text by pirate expert Angus Konstam explains how piracy grew and flourished from the early buccaneers to the rogues of popular legends, how it has been snuffed out, and how it has reared its head again with the machine-gun-toting pirates operating on today’s high seas.

 

People have been reading about pirates for almost as long as there have been pirates, and in so doing, they have been transported into a world very different from their own, set amid an exotic backdrop of palm-fringed beaches and warm tropical seas. The World Atlas of Pirates takes a whole new look at the story of piracy. Combining stunning cartography with engaging and authoritative text, it cuts away at the myths to reveal the world of “real” pirates—whose stories, while every bit as colorful and compelling as those of their counterparts from legends and Hollywood, may not be quite so romantic.


Follow along with author and pirate authority Angus Konstam as he explores the journeys of wealth and fortune, as well as murder and betrayal, taken by pirates through the ages—from the Aegean Sea during the ancient Greek era and the Caribbean of the mid-seventeenth century, to the Red Sea of the twenty-first century, where Somali pirates prey on passing supertankers and container ships.


More than seventy historic and newly created maps plot the routes that pirates followed—whether crossing the world’s great oceans or pursuing their prey through creeks and bays. Colorful archive illustrations, including photographs and images from England’s National Maritime Museum and other historic collections, bring the villains, their ships, and their victims to life.


Konstam’s lively, accessible text explains how piracy grew and flourished from the early buccaneers to the rogues of popular legends, how it has been snuffed out, and how it has reared its head again with the machine-gun-toting pirates operating on today’s high seas.