Pirates! Brigands, Buccaneers, and Privateers in Fact, Fiction, and Legend.
In more than a thousand entries (each impeccably researched, internationally focused, and extensively cross-referenced) Pirates! reveals the actual lives and exploits of pirates and the diverse worlds from which they sprang--from Etruscan and Phoenician marauders off the coast of ancient Greece to the Chinese and Malay pirates of the 1870s. Beyond its immense value as a unique and hugely entertaining resource, Pirates! explores the rich mythology that has developed since their demise and examines their image as pop culture icons. From pirate slang to fictionalized buccaneering to listings of the richest booty ever captured, Pirates! is an authoritative and invaluable reference work for students, researchers, and non-specialist general readers alike!
Midwest Book Review
Rogozinski does a good job with both well-known and lesser-known pirates. He deals just as adeptly with art, films, novels, plays, short stories, songs, terminology, torture. treasure, types of pirate ships. and many other elements that make the pirate mystique so intriguing.
Norman D. Stevens, American Reference Book Annual
Pirates! encompasses historical pirates like Madame Cheng I Sao, Captain William Kidd, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Edward "Blackbeard" Teach; fictional buccaneers like Anne Bonny, Captain Blood, and Long John Silver; every important and noteworthy novel, play, poem, ballad, opera, and movie portraying pirates; pirate slang, havens, types of ships, weapons, symbols, practices, and pleasures; a listing of the richest booty ever captured; more than a dozen paintings by Howard Pyle; and a comprehensive bibliography.
The fiction and legend portions contain material on pirate novels and films that is simply unavailable in other collections. . . . Rogozinski incudes a wonderous array of movie stills. Pictured are the likes of Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks, Charles Laughton, Gene Kely Bob Hope, Tryrone Power, Judy Garland,and Robin Williams, all swashbuckling across the screen.
B. R. Burg, The Northern Mariner.