Pirates of Barbary by Adrian Tinniswood
Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean

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The true story that's "bloody good entertainment" (New York Times) about the colorful and legendary pirates of the 17th century.

If not for today's news stories about piracy on the high seas, it'd be easy to think of pirating as a romantic way of life long gone. But nothing is further from the truth. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, and they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world and pirates were the scourge of Europe. Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings this exciting and surprising chapter in history alive, revealing that the history of piracy is also the history that has shaped our modern world.


 

About Adrian Tinniswood

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ADRIAN TINNISWOOD is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England, which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is a consultant to Britain's National Trust and is known on both sides of the Atlantic as an author, a historian, lecturer, and broadcaster. He lives near Bath, England.
 
Published November 11, 2010 by Riverhead. 366 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Exciting history of 17th-century piracy among African city-states.

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Publishers Weekly

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Forget the pirates of the Caribbean: their Old World brethren were an altogether more colorful and fearsome lot, according to this swashbuckling study. Historian Tinniswood (The Verneys: A True Story

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The New York Times

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Europeans deplored “Mahometan tyranny” and conflated Islam and piracy as if they were one and the same — “the present terror of the world.” But once the veneer of religious purpose was stripped away, Barbary piracy was a commercial enterprise, offering a handsome livelihood to those dusty, sun-dr...

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New York Journal of Books

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This could describe Somali pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden—or any attack found in author Adrian Tinniswood's latest book, a scholarly yet swashbuckling look at the 17th century pirates of the Barbary Coast.

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New York Journal of Books

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They tried negotiation, to some effect, basing treaties on annual tributes and bribes, which put many poorer European nations at a distinct disadvantageBut not until the early nineteenth century did the tradition of the North African pirates finally sputter to a stop, as the Barbary states’ abili...

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AV Club

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nine English slaves,” etc.) In some chapters, his pulse evidently roused by dramatic material, Tinniswood interpolates raw facts with enjoyably shameless narration: The lurid story of the sack of Ireland’s Baltimore by unexpected pirates begins “The men didn’t like passing through the Straits.

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