Angus Konstam sets sail through the brutal history of piracy, separating myth from legend and fact from fiction. Pirates takes us into the depths of the pirate's dark world, examining the many colorful characters from Cretans and Vikings to French corsairs and the British rogues of the golden age of piracy, such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd and even two women pirates, Mary Read and Ann Bonny, who became pregnant to avoid execution. A blood-soaked, riveting account, it provides a complete history of the fearsome threat on the high seas from the marauders in the pages of antiquity to the Somali pirates in the headlines of today.
Angus Konstam, an expert on the history of piracy, is the author of over 50 books. A former naval officer, underwater archaeologist, and museum curator, he advised the archaeologists who excavated Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge and has appeared on the History Channel. He lives in Edinburgh.