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Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Pirates: Predators of the Seas

Pirates: Predators of the Seas: An Illustrated HistoryPirates: Predators of the Seas: An Illustrated History by Angus Konstam

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

by Angus Konstam is an excellent survey of piracy from the earliest historical records to modern times. Konstam is faithful to the historical sources without editorializing. This is a good read that provides an excellent historical survey from classical to modern times. The usual suspects are addressed but in a way that provides new details to old retellings by other authors.

His summaries are succinct, though their are times when I wanted him to provide more detail. I realize providing too much detail would run counter to the intention of a writing a survey work. Overall, I think Konstam's book will encourage others to delve deeper into pirate lore.

The book is amply illustrated with gorgeous color art. The illustrations are not only pertinent to the work, but also help to amplfy the written material with yet another layer of relevant information.

I would recommend this book to teenagers though adults, who want to learn more about the problem of piracy.

Pirates: Predators of the Seas: An Illustrated History

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