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By Daniel Defoe

Famed for his enduring fictional masterpieces Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe additionally possessed massive services in maritime affairs. As a fee service provider, importer, shipowner, and an lively journalist who stated "ship information" and interviewed surviving pirates, Defoe accomplished a excessive measure of authority as regards to buccaneers. His wisdom used to be such that his booklet, A normal background of the Pyrates, is still the key resource of knowledge approximately piracy within the first zone of the 18th century.
Reprinted the following in its entirety, this attention-grabbing background abounds in stories of flamboyant outlaws and their bloody deeds: Captain Edward train, alias Blackbeard; Captain William Kidd, whose trial and execution created a sensation all through London and the area; Bartholomew Roberts, probably the most winning pirates of the period, whose crews captured an predicted four hundred prizes in 3 years; Mary learn and Anne Bonny, who disguised themselves as males to sail below the Jolly Roger with the ill-fated Captain John Rackham; and lots of more.
An engrossing mixture of truth and fiction — incorporating Defoe's celebrated aptitude for journalistic aspect — those full of life stories of seafaring rogues and rascals and their ill-gotten earnings will captivate armchair sailors, maritime fans and any lover of event at the excessive seas. This distinct paintings has been edited via famous pupil Manuel Schonhorn, who has additionally provided a provocative Postscript to the Dover version delivering insights into the giant approval for this topic in ultra-modern theater, videos, television specials, journal articles, lavish books, and maritime exhibitions. In an additional "Note at the writer and the Text," Professor Schonhorn additionally examines the arguments for and opposed to Defoe's very authorship of this crucial book.

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