Pirate Hunter by Richard Zacks

This biography of Captain Kidd reads more like a swashbuckling novel than non-fiction history, but it is a true story backed up by historical record and evidence. The book explores the legal gray area that separated privateers and pirates. Pirates are simple bandits, but privateers were commissioned by monarchs to wage guerilla war by sea against that nation's enemies, or as pirate hunters to track down and capture pirate captains, recapturing their treasure. Kidd was one of the later.

Kidd is, according to the book, an honorable warrior and pragmatic entrepreneur seeking fame and fortune - in other words, a good guy. But the political and legal complexities of his chosen line of word leads him to be seen as the worst pirate of his day. Absolutely fascinating stuff.

Rating: 4 of 5
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