Physical Description:72 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 24 cm
Publisher:Minneapolis, MN :Twenty-First Century Books, c2016.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 64-69) and index.
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Introduction: Of fools and freebooters -- Chapter one. Scourge of the seas -- Chapter two. The golden age of piracy -- Chapter three. From sabers to rocket launchers -- Chapter four. Pop culture pirates.
Pirates are outlaws who commit crimes at sea. Throughout history they have attacked cargo-laden ships to pillage gold, silver, human slaves, and valuable foodstuffs. Twenty-first-century pirates take crews hostage and demand ransoms. Some even siphon off petroleum from tanker ships. The world of pirates is one of violence and economic desperation. See how historical and fictional pirates compare and why we thrill to tales of daring outlaw pirates.