The Pirate Hunter : The True Story of Captain Kidd
The Pirate Hunter The True Story of Captain Kidd Author:Richard Zacks A literary treasure, The Pirate Hunter is a masterpiece of historical detective work, and a rare, authentic pirate story for grown-ups. Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone... more », even many respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. His three-year odyssey aboard the aptly named Adventure galley pitted him against arrogant Royal Navy commanders, jealous East India Company captains, storms, starvation, angry natives, and, above all, flesh-and-blood pirates. Superbly written and impeccably researched, The Pirate Hunter is one ripping good yarn.« less
This was the best history I have read in some time. It took a while because of the detail Zacks covered in his story. The last 25 or 30% of the book made the time worth it. The tension and excitement of the end read like a novel. This book totally changed my view of Captain Kidd and gave me a fresh perspective on early America.