Raiders and Rebels: A History of the Golden Age of Piracy (Paperback)

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“A dramatic tale. . . . Sherry brings the pirates vividly to life with his rousing telling of their daring cruises and outrageous feats. . . . I heartily recommend Raiders and Rebels to anyone who enjoys history, a tale of high adventure, the drama of human psychology, or just a rousing sea story.” — Oceans magazine

The most authoritative history of piracy, Frank Sherry's rich and colorful account reveals the rise and fall of the real "raiders and rebels" who terrorized the seas.

From 1692 to 1725 pirates sailed the oceans of the world, plundering ships laden with the riches of India, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Often portrayed as larger-than-life characters, these outlaw figures and their bloodthirsty exploits have long been immortalized in fiction and film. But beneath the legends is the true story of these brigands—often common men and women escaping the social and economic restrictions of 18th-century Europe and America. Their activities threatened the beginnings of world trade and jeopardized the security of empires. And together, the author argues, they fashioned a surprisingly democratic society powerful enough to defy the world.

About the Author


Frank Sherry is a former journalist whose non-fiction work includes Pacific Passions: The European Struggle for Power in the Great Ocean in the Age of Exploration. He lives in Missouri.

Praise For…


“A history that reads like a novel. . . . Sherry gives vivid descriptions of the pirates and their world.” — UPI

“A dramatic tale. . . . Sherry brings the pirates vividly to life with his rousing telling of their daring cruises and outrageous feats. . . . Sherry is an excellent storyteller. . . . . I heartily recommend Raiders and Rebels to anyone who enjoys history, a tale of high adventure, the drama of human psychology, or just a rousing sea story.” — Oceans magazine

“An excellent book” — Washington Post

Raiders and Rebels is very possibly the very best book I have ever read on the Golden Age of Piracy." — ThePirateKing.com



Product Details
ISBN: 9780061572845
ISBN-10: 0061572845
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: July 1st, 2008
Pages: 400
Language: English