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Book details exploits of Caribbean pirates

Shrouded by myth and hidden by Hollywood, the real pirates of the Caribbean come to life in The Golden Age of Piracy. Published by the University of Georgia Press, the collection of essays is edited by David Head, a lecturer of history at the University of Central Florida.

In The Golden Age of Piracy, 12 scholars of piracy show why pirates thrived in the New World seas of 17th- and 18th-century empires, how pirates operated their plundering ventures, how governments battled piracy and when and why piracy declined. The essays presented take the study of piracy, which can easily lapse into rousing, romanticized stories, to new heights of rigor and insight.

The Golden Age of Piracy also delves into the enduring status of pirates as pop culture icons. By looking at the ideas of gender and sexuality surrounding pirate stories, the fad for hunting pirate treasure and the construction of pirate myths, the book’s contributors tell a new story about the dangerous men, and a few dangerous women, who terrorized the high seas.