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Book Title: A General History of the Pyrates|
The author of the book: Daniel Defoe
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: January 26th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780486404882
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.24 MB
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A book written by a sea captain about pirates and other sea captains during the time when pirates reigned. This book is essential for anyone who has more than a passing interest in the history of pirates. Johnson by no means appraises the deeds of these outlaws. As a sea captain himself, he is entirely against them and seems to be astounded by the public's interest of these outlaws. Due to the success of his book in 1724, he found himself writing more stories about pirates than he had previously expected he would.
As an outcome of the time period the book was written in, the writing can be dry and the details extraneous. Johnson will write excessively of the minute details of what a sloop was carrying, when the aspect the reader wants to know about is the people it carried and how they lived. He also finds every opportunity he can to insert God and biblical verses to explain how doomed the pirates are due to their actions. Obviously, now we would find this to be outlandish in a historical documentation.
If you are to read any of this book, I would suggest the chapters on Anne Bonnie and Mary Reed. Johnson appears to forget his dry listing of details when it comes to these two characters and starts telling the story of their lives based on historical documentation and word of mouth. It is obvious that something intrigued him about the ferocity of these two women, which in return makes their stories the most fun to read out of the bunch.
Bare with the dry narration, and you will be rewarded with some rich, exciting pirate tales.
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Read information about the authorDaniel Defoe (1659/1661 [?] - 1731) was an English writer, journalist, and spy, who gained enduring fame for his novel, Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel and helped popularize the genre in Britain. In some texts he is even referred to as one of the founders, if not the founder, of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than five hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.
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