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    Nigel Cawthorne(Author)

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A History of Pirates: Blood and Thunder on the High Seas

A History of Pirates: Blood and Thunder on the High Seas

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Nigel Cawthorne(Author)
  • Chartwell Books (January 1, 2004)
  • English
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  • Engineering & Transportation

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  • By R. Howell on April 27, 2006

    Nigel Cawthorne brings a book to us about pirates which can be read by anyone and you don't have to be an historian to understand the book. It's laid out in plain terms and covers the era of piracy in the varied aspects of weaponry, ships, locales, and the pirates themselves. The book could have been a bit more thorough on weapons and ships but then the lay-person would lose interest with any more detail, I think. He covers pirates such as Calico Jack, Henry Morgan, Anne Bonny, Blackbeard, and Captain Kidd among others. The coverage is in depth enough to hold your interest but not bogged down with meaningless details that only an historian would care about (this coming from an historian). You'll learn some nifty trivia and dispel numerous movie myths about pirates like buried treasure and walking the plank to name two. Overall, good book for someone looking to pick up the basics on piracy history but not overbearing. My only big complaints are 1) I wish there were more on Blackbeard but then that's what biographies are for and 2) organization of the material within the chapters, lost of sidetracking going on.

  • By Matthew P. Arsenault on January 25, 2006

    Cawthorne' History of Pirates, although not academically rigorous, is approached in a somewhat systematic fashion and provides an interesting, readable description of a unique chapter in history. Rather than compose a treatise on particular pirates and their idiosyncrasies, Cawthorne describes the prate era, roughly 1780 - 1830, with a wide brush. The author explores the global political situation of the times, the constant warfare between Britain, France and Spain, the booming colonial expansion, and the role pirates played in shaping the New World. In addition, Cawthorne depicts a pirate's life aboard ship and the unique social structure which accompanies life on the high seas. If I could make a suggestion, Cawthorne could have spent more time on his chapters on weapons and ships. The work in these segments was marginal at best and seems out of place wedged between sections on "the richest and wickedest city in the new world," and life aboard ships. Nevertheless, I found History of Pirates an interesting and insightful beginning to a more in depth understanding of the Caribbean pirates, but this work would not be a one volume history of the subject.

  • By Chris Allen on September 1, 2008

    This book focuses on the Pirates of the Caribbean during the near 50 year time span that made up the "Golden Age of Piracy". The content of the book is good, goes into detail, yet a tad too much. The Structure of the book is well done, but the chapters are something else. A topic will be introduced, talked about and then he will go on to ramble about this and that and then before the end of the chapter he returns to the original topic and then concludes it. Despite this, it is a well written book, but if your looking for "perfect" this isn't for you.Though the content seems to come from men like Daniel Defoe, he does have at least one aspect of his book that is original unlike past Pirate books I've read, where he goes on to talk about HOW the Piracy issue was solved, such as David Porter, father of the US Civil War Admiral David Porter, pretty much crushed the Pirates operating along the US coastal lines and the Caribbean.

  • By charlotte32 on April 13, 2013

    This book gave you a great out look on pirate life and how they survived the seven seas. Great read.

  • By David Stapleton on August 20, 2005

    A rambling work at best. The author does indeed drift around at times, leaving a topic unfinished to explore other avenues before returning to the original topic. We, also, are not talking about much in the way of original material (much of it comes from Captain Charles Johnson, Alexandre Exquemelin, and recent authors like David Cordingly).However, there are redeeming qualities to the book. For one it is an entertaining read, the author uses a smooth style that makes for easy reading. The author covers a range of topics from ships, weapons and havens to the origins of and suppression of piracy during the Golden Age. There are numerous names mentioned, from the well known and notorious to the lesser know footnotes in history. The period covered spans from the early 1500s to the early 1800s, told for the most part from the English and French point of view.In short, a good book for an overview or brief reference (although I still recommend David Cordingly or Angus Konstam for broader, more polished coverage or pirates).P-)

  • By Grant Reed on June 17, 2004

    History of Pirates: Blood and Thunder on the High Seas focuses on piracy in the Caribbean sea, from the 1500s to the early 1800s.The biggest problem with the book is that it is not particularly well organized. The chapters are relatively well ordered but internal to the chapter, the author will introduce one topic, then drift away from it, before returning to his reported topic. This led me to need to reread some passages, to determine exactly who or what he was writing about. This is particulary evident as he starts to discuss an individual pirate, begins discussing an associated pirate or two, and then returns to the first one.The information seems accurate enough, but much f it appears to be drawn from the writings of other authors. Fortunately, it is not written from a standard academic (Self-important and wordy) approach and is relatively easy to read. In many places it even seems to draw the reader on.I would have preferred a more organized approach, and possibly an appendix of famous pirates, but overall I found the book an adequate diversion.

  • By Ben Hurt on April 18, 2009

    I picked up this book this afternoon, looking forward to an entertaining evening, but after 20 pages I doubt that I will return to it. The rambling, disorganized style is indeed one reason, but when that is combined with typo after typo, it is simply too distracting to continue. The cover says Cawthorne has contributed to and edited over 100 books. He couldn't edit a high school essay from what I see (I am a retired English teacher). Sadly, a few dollars spent on a professional editor could have made this a fun read.


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