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You've seen the fantastical films--now, discover what life was really like aboard a pirate ship! No need for a bottle of rum to enjoy the exploits of these famous and fearsome swashbucklers. There's a galleon's worth of daredevil action in this awesome exploration of the weapons, adventures, legends, language, and lost treasures of the pirate world. A famous cast of charac You've seen the fantastical films--now, discover what life was really like aboard a pirate ship! No need for a bottle of rum to enjoy the exploits of these famous and fearsome swashbucklers. There's a galleon's worth of daredevil action in this awesome exploration of the weapons, adventures, legends, language, and lost treasures of the pirate world. A famous cast of characters make their appearance--a rogue's gallery of notorious names from Blackbeard to Calico Jack to Captain Kidd. Find out about their hand-thrown projectiles, pistols, and cutlasses; the punishment and torture they meted out; and even their most famous song. Cool maps and plenty of pictures of men, ships, and flags make this the book that armchair pirates dreaming of the high seas will want!


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You've seen the fantastical films--now, discover what life was really like aboard a pirate ship! No need for a bottle of rum to enjoy the exploits of these famous and fearsome swashbucklers. There's a galleon's worth of daredevil action in this awesome exploration of the weapons, adventures, legends, language, and lost treasures of the pirate world. A famous cast of charac You've seen the fantastical films--now, discover what life was really like aboard a pirate ship! No need for a bottle of rum to enjoy the exploits of these famous and fearsome swashbucklers. There's a galleon's worth of daredevil action in this awesome exploration of the weapons, adventures, legends, language, and lost treasures of the pirate world. A famous cast of characters make their appearance--a rogue's gallery of notorious names from Blackbeard to Calico Jack to Captain Kidd. Find out about their hand-thrown projectiles, pistols, and cutlasses; the punishment and torture they meted out; and even their most famous song. Cool maps and plenty of pictures of men, ships, and flags make this the book that armchair pirates dreaming of the high seas will want!

30 review for Pirates: Scourge of the Seas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Crowder

    Good general overview of a subject not often taught through either conventional learning or popular culture. The history chapter starts off the book and is difficult to follow without the context that is given later on in the book in other chapters. Recommend reading that chapter last. Will destroy any notions of romance that might be held about pirates with descriptions of their brutal practices and the bloodthirsty lifestyles of some of the captains, not to mention the terrible ends that often c Good general overview of a subject not often taught through either conventional learning or popular culture. The history chapter starts off the book and is difficult to follow without the context that is given later on in the book in other chapters. Recommend reading that chapter last. Will destroy any notions of romance that might be held about pirates with descriptions of their brutal practices and the bloodthirsty lifestyles of some of the captains, not to mention the terrible ends that often come to the less morally bankrupt captains. The history is solidly white-centric with only token mentions to select Muslim and Chinese individuals. Other historical tidbits have been overgeneralized and in some cases toned down from other accounts. The Spanish are treated as a background element of a setting with no time at all spent on describing them beyond them being a target for other pirates. Queer-erasure is present as well, no mentions at all of homosexuality between sailors in any way despite an entire chapter on life at sea, and the relationship between Anne Bonny and Mary Read conspicuously downplayed in their entries. It's okay, overall, decent introductory text that will give you an idea of what you'd like to learn next and what you could focus on.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tolbert

    This a nice introductory text for anyone looking for a very general overview on pirates.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caleb T.

    Do you want to read a book about legendary pirates that sails the seven seas. If so then you should read pirates scourge of the seas by jhon reeve carpenter. This is a book that is all about a pirates life on the sea. It tells you everything there is to know about pirates from the guns they used to the close the wore and all of it is based on fact. This book has no charactes but at the end of the book it tells you about well known pirates like Black Beard. I do not think you can comair this book Do you want to read a book about legendary pirates that sails the seven seas. If so then you should read pirates scourge of the seas by jhon reeve carpenter. This is a book that is all about a pirates life on the sea. It tells you everything there is to know about pirates from the guns they used to the close the wore and all of it is based on fact. This book has no charactes but at the end of the book it tells you about well known pirates like Black Beard. I do not think you can comair this book to any pirate books or movies out there. The genra of this book is a documentary Some information about him is he is a featured film director for horror movies. I would recommend this book to people who like informational books. Carpenter, John , sterling publisher co. Inc. august, 5, 2008 , 205 pg

  4. 5 out of 5

    Klim

    Книга повествует о истории становления пиратства (аж с периода китайских династий до н.э.), о их быте и , конечно же, о судьбах самых мало-мальски известных "джентельменах удачи". В ходе ее прочтения вы сможете узнать об обычаях, жизненом укладе на корабле и на суше, а так же о не известных фактах и историях из жизни таких отъявленных головорезов как Черная Борода, Генри Морган, Бартоломью Робертс и особо жестоком Франсуа Л'Олоннэ. На удивление занятное чтиво, которое не займет у вас много времен Книга повествует о истории становления пиратства (аж с периода китайских династий до н.э.), о их быте и , конечно же, о судьбах самых мало-мальски известных "джентельменах удачи". В ходе ее прочтения вы сможете узнать об обычаях, жизненом укладе на корабле и на суше, а так же о не известных фактах и историях из жизни таких отъявленных головорезов как Черная Борода, Генри Морган, Бартоломью Робертс и особо жестоком Франсуа Л'Олоннэ. На удивление занятное чтиво, которое не займет у вас много времени и при этом развенчает множество мифов, сложившихся вокруг данных ребят.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    colorful sketches & pages with organized snippets of info. including a pirate's life, pirate flags, ships, lore, fictional pirates, superstitions, pirate vocabulary, famous pirates, annotated history. After reading this, I am convinced the life of a pirate is NOT for me! Nonetheless an enjoyable and educational read. colorful sketches & pages with organized snippets of info. including a pirate's life, pirate flags, ships, lore, fictional pirates, superstitions, pirate vocabulary, famous pirates, annotated history. After reading this, I am convinced the life of a pirate is NOT for me! Nonetheless an enjoyable and educational read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jen_Ken a.k.a....Jenny from the block

    15 men on a dead mans chest ho ho ho and a bottle of rum.., a very comprehensive history of pirates. Sad but true they lived a fast and fearless life that was so short that I probably would have found something else as a career path.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alonna Williams

    I loved this book; I'm kind of obsessed with pirates and I am working on a series about pirates so this book helped out with some historical facts I loved this book; I'm kind of obsessed with pirates and I am working on a series about pirates so this book helped out with some historical facts

  8. 4 out of 5

    April

    It was a really good book about pirates and what actually happened.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Molli

    Brief, but colorful. Great as an intro or overview. Very helpful in generating ideas for piratical characters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    Fun book on pirates. I think my favorite part is the cool cover.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I like this book. It was fun to read and I learned where some of those old sea legends and stories came from. I also learned what pirate life was really like.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess Mountifield

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephan Ortiz

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melody Hill-Campanelli

  15. 4 out of 5

    Le Chapelier Lettré

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Van Olst

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  18. 4 out of 5

    Josiane

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dontais Johnson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sharla

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Nelson

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Larson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Justwinter

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Rush

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