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History
Author: Adrian Tinniswood
ISBN: 1594485445
Subcategory: Africa
Pages 368 pages
Publisher Riverhead Books (September 6, 2011)
Language English
Category: History
Rating: 4.9
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by Adrian Tinniswood


Adrian Tinniswood’s dramatic narrative, Pirates of Barbary, reminds us that the corsairs had preyed on Europeans long before the United States arrived on the scene. Indeed, they reached the height of their power in the 17th century, not long after the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock.

Adrian Tinniswood’s dramatic narrative, Pirates of Barbary, reminds us that the corsairs had preyed on Europeans long before the United States arrived on the scene. Because the Barbary states were Islamic, and their victims predominantly Christian, the conflict was understood on both sides as a clash of civilizations. In the Islamic world, the corsairs were hailed as mujahedeen who had devoted themselves to sea-jihad against Christian encroachments.

Pirates of Barbary" starts in the early 1600's.

It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone-if not for today's frightening headlines of robbery and kidnapping on the high seas. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself. Pirates of Barbary" starts in the early 1600's. Those were the days when a small group of men in a small boat with scaling ladders, few weapons and sheer nerve would commandeer a much larger vessel for ransom.

As Tinniswood notes in Pirates of Barbary, "Pirates are history. In this fascinating and entertaining book, he reveals that the history of piracy is also the history that shaped our modern world. It's easy to think of piracy as a romantic way of life long gone-if not for today's frightening headlines of robbery and kidnapping on the high seas.

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Listen to unlimited audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings alive this dynamic chapter in history, where clashes between pirates of the East (Tunis, Algiers, and Tripoli) and governments of the West (England, France, Spain, and Venice) grew increasingly intense and dangerous.

This could describe Somali pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden-or any attack found in author Adrian Tinniswood's latest book, a scholarly yet swashbuckling look at the 17th century pirates of the Barbary Coast. The timing of this book is as lucky as the parallels are uncanny.

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Title : Pirates of Barbary. Product Category : Books. Adrian Tinniswood is a historian and educationalist. He lectures regularly in Britain and the US, and was for many years consultant to the National Trust on heritage education. There is no-one in the office at the Weekend. Condition : New. Read full description. He is the author of eleven books of social and architectural history including His Invention So Fertile, his acclaimed biography of Sir Christopher Wren. His most recent book, The Verneys, was shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. Country of Publication.

The true story that's "bloody good entertainment" (New York Times) about the colorful and legendary pirates of the 17th century.

If not for today's news stories about piracy on the high seas, it'd be easy to think of pirating as a romantic way of life long gone. But nothing is further from the truth. Pirates have existed since the invention of commerce itself, and they reached the zenith of their power during the 1600s, when the Mediterranean was the crossroads of the world and pirates were the scourge of Europe. Historian and author Adrian Tinniswood brings this exciting and surprising chapter in history alive, revealing that the history of piracy is also the history that has shaped our modern world.

Zodama
Interesting topic but a bit slow to read
Siralune
Western education skips or glosses over some chapters in our history. Here is an illuminating view of Mediterranean and Indian Ocean piracy, with it's participation of European players and its lasting effect upon world commerce. Written as interestingly as a novel, this is how history should be written.
Thundershaper
Pirates of Barbary
Corsairs, Conquests, and Captivity in the 17th Century Mediterranean
By
Adrian Tinniswood

Mr. Tinniswood's new book on "piracy" is particularly relevant in light of today's problems off of the coast of Somalia. While this may seem to be a "new" problem to many, it certainly is not as his book illustrates so well. The book is a collection of very colorful, dramatic and true stories of yesterday's pirates. They have many similarities to today's pirates; however, today's probably will not gain the panache of yesterday's.

"Pirates of Barbary" starts in the early 1600's. Those were the days when a small group of men in a small boat with scaling ladders, few weapons and sheer nerve would commandeer a much larger vessel for ransom. These men were part of a sophisticated system of a state sanctioned, state regulated, public-private partnership used to grow the coffers of the pirates and the government. Gosh, that sounds a little familiar, don't you think?

What do the names John Nutt, Richard Bishop, Peter Eston and Sir Henry Mainwaring have in common? All were Barbary pirates that were offered pardons by King James I, if they promised to come home to England and behave. Oh yes, they were allowed to keep all the booty. Probably the most famous and successful was Sir Henry Mainwaring who not only was pardoned but was also appointed to Vice-Admiral of the Royal Navy by King James. Actually, it makes sense when you realize what a problem piracy was, and the knowledge Sir Henry possessed of other pirates and piracy, in general. It was such a problem that King James ended up offering a blanket pardon to approximately 3,000 British subjects who had participated in piracy at that time.

In 2009, the U.S. Navy established a task force to take care of this problem once and for all. Oh yeh, Thomas Jefferson established a U.S.Navy task force in 1801 to do the same thing (which happened to be the beginning of the U.S. Navy). Both had success, however, have not cured the problem.

What Mr. Tinniswood helps make clear is that the solution was and remains onshore. As long as there are governments and pseudo-governments that support and profit from piracy, it's going to be around. The ocean is just too darn big to police (even today). We have to deal with the people and organizations that back these efforts in diplomatic and other ways. There have been major successes in the distant past that have been the result of aggressive onshore efforts that are well documented in this book. Recently FBI agents captured Mohammad Shibi, who negotiated the ransom for the 4 American captives who were recently killed by Somali pirates. The agents had the help of Somalian authorities and, actually did this in Somaliland. Hopefully, this is a step in the right direction to resolve our "piracy problems" of the last 500 years.
Inth
This book reviews the intriguing history of Barbary pirates who operated off the shore of North Africa in the seventeenth century with extraordinary effectiveness and who later motivated the creation of a new navy for the United States. For those interested in maritime history, it covers an important period of armed conflict on the high seas.
Xangeo
This is a terrific book written beautifully. It is a great read, especially for summer but for the child in all of us. Who is not fascinated by pirates? This writer is great. I look forward to more of his work.
Bralore
Great !
Kaghma
Adrian's attention to detail and research of facts makes for a great education on the truth of piracy in the past.
This history is researched to the hilt; the bibliography is extensive. Professor Tinniswood advances the story (though it is not fiction) along a timeline as 350 years of piracy evolved in North Africa. As he states in one place, 'The Barbary states had nothing to trade but their cunning and theft.' Theft was an art sanctioned by Islam (or made to seem so); what is revealing is that so many ethnic and nationality factions joined and became 'Turk' on the inland sea. Greeks, Albanians, Rumanians, English, French, Dutch - all disenchanted with homelands and out for a living as raiders of anything afloat. Corsairs roamed the entire North Atlantic, raiding the fishing banks of Newfoundland, to Iceland, to Ireland - carrying off whole towns, people and goods to be sold or ransomed. I disagree with some reviews that there is an agenda or underlying theme to the book; in my opinion the author does a excellent job of just relating who, what, when and how ships, people and goods were stolen, sold, ransomed, and used. Slavery was rampant all over the world, recall. Societies differ with location, religion, ethnicity, history of persecution, and tradition. And you can argue with that, I don't care. This book merely tells us what happened, how certain people acted and reacted, explains customs on every side, makes no apologies, and leaves us better informed without prejudice. Barbary Africa was a convoluted world of treaties, weaknesses, politics, trickery, bravery, and courage. Professor Tinniswood has us remember the courage above all evils, and there were evils of every stripe and by more than one party. He is a good writer, with wordplay and humor to improve what could be a dry listing of dates and occasions.