Well those Somali pirates are at it again! Just when you thought they were out of ammunition and chutzpah, they are back at it on the high seas and wreaking havoc.
Maybe the Somali pirates want to join the ranks of noteworthy seafarers of the past. Harvard University Press has two rollicking books forthcoming about life, death, and adventure on the open ocean. In The Death of Captain Cook, forthcoming this January 2009, Glyn Williams recasts the history of Captain Cook, this time exploring the multiple narratives of his death. Since first reported to the world in 1780, the death of Captain Cook on a Hawaiian beach the previous year has been revered, celebrated, and shrouded in mystery. Simultaneously called a hero and an antihero, a ruthless invader, and a torchbearer of the Enlightenment, Cook’s reputation grew as much out of the moving story of his death as out of his adventures while he lived. Looking further ahead to March of 2009, Harvard is coming out with Buccaneers of the Caribbean: How Piracy Forged an Empire by Jon Latimer. The term "buccaneer" is often used synonymously with "pirate," and has become associated with the trappings of pirate living - skull and crossbones, pieces of eight, yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. But "pirate" literature concentrates almost exclusively on the so-called "Golden Age" of the eighteenth century that postdates the buccaneers, and which formed the principal inspiration for writers of fiction from Robert Louis Stevenson to the recent film series Pirates of the Caribbean. But the truth about the buccaneers is considerably removed from the stereotype and much more complex, and the aim of this book is to outline the truth.
So curl up with a hot toddy--in the safety of your own home--and get ready for these two swashbuckling books to hit bookshelves near you!