Saturday, 27 July 2013

Pirate: The Golden Age - Angus Konstam

Pirate: The Golden AgePirate: The Golden Age by Angus Konstam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'This book describes the life of a pirate in the early 18th century, the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’. It charts the way these men (and a few women) were recruited, how they operated, what they looked like and what prospects their lives held. In the process the book strips away many of the myths associated with piracy to reveal the harsh realities of those who lived beyond the normal bounds of society. Written by pirate expert Angus Konstam, the book draws on decades of research into the subject, and pulls together information from a myriad of sources including official reports, contemporary newspaper reports, trial proceedings and court testimony last words on the scaffold, letters and diaries as well as archaeological evidence and relevant objects and artefacts from museum collections on both sides of the Atlantic. A must have for fans of the classic pirate stories or warfare in the early 18th century.'

This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to receive this Pirate book as pirates are something that interest me, they have also become very popular over the years due to various films based on them.

Pirate: The Golden Age is a very well researched book, the illustrations and art work is excellent.

This is a reference book and it covers the history of pirates from 1713 to 1725, this is something that I have learnt since reading the book. I did not know that the main pirates were only around for this short period of time.

This is a taster book which covers the main pirates and it gives you the opportunity for further reading at the end of it. This is a good book to find out a lot more about pirates, from expeditions to their clothing.

I enjoyed this reference book hugely, the only point I would make is that it would have been nice to have included more maps of voyages.

I also feel that this is a good educational text, those who are studying this area in detail would benefit from reading this book.

I would like to thank Osprey for sending it to me.

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