Piracy & Plunder: A Murderous Business
by Milton Meltzer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Meltzer once again lives up to his reputation as a fine author of nonfiction. While there are many other books available on the subject, this one offers a visually stimulating and educational alternative. Readers will obtain a realistic and unromanticized view of pirates, understanding the motives behind their cruel acts of violence and greed. The author goes back to the ancient Greeks and describes accounts of piracy in Homer's The Odyssey, in chronicles of Viking raiders, through to the present day. He includes Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, and other notorious figures. Waldman's evocative artwork reinforces the dark tone of the content. Gray text boxes appear throughout, telling about familiar people like Thomas Jefferson and Julius Caesar who attempted to deal with the problem of piracy. This title has enormous appeal for students writing reports and will attract history buffs and general readers as well.-Carrie Lynn Cooper, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond
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