Pirates of Barbary

Corsairs, Conquests, and Captivity in the 17th Century Mediterranean
Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests, and Captivity in the 17th Century Mediterranean. 10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 11½ hrs. Tantor Audio. 2010. ISBN 9781400149247. $83.99. 10 CDs. retail ed.; 1 MP3-CD. retail ed. HIST
English writer/historian Tinniswood ( tells the fascinating story of the 17th-century pirates of the Barbary Coast, who were at the height of their influence at a time when the Mediterranean served as a major commercial roadway. He focuses on the clashes between pirates of the East (Tunis, Algiers, Tripoli) and the governments of the West (England, France, Spain), also exploring how the pirates' conquests continue to inform the conflict between Christianity and Islam. Clive Chafer's acting chops shine in his impressive narration of this work that well educates listeners on the crimes, fierce sea battles, corrupt government haggling, and gunboat diplomacy that characterized this era of world history. For scholars, historians, and students, all of whom will be fascinated by how closely piracy of the 1600s resembles today's ongoing experience with crime on the high seas. [The Riverhead hc was described as shedding "new light on an overlooked portion of 17th-century history," LJ 12/10.—Ed.]—Dale Farris, Groves, TX
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