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Friday, September 22, 2006

Arrr, Matey!

In case you missed it, September 19 was Talk Like a Pirate Day. (Thanks to the library blog in Waterloo, Maine for that bit of information.) The folks up north even provide a link to popular pirate phrases. For all things pirate, including a list of every pirate movie ever made, check out Pirate's Cove.

Lest you think piracy is part of the world’s romantic past, it still occurs with estimated losses of between $13 billion and $16 billion per year in U.S. dollars, particularly in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. You can even browse a month-by-month list of piracy incidents compiled by the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization.

Whether you’re interested in the exploits of modern pirates or those from the golden days of piracy (such as Edward "Blackbeard" Teach, Bartholomew Roberts ("Black Bart") or Jean Lafitte), check out:

Dangerous Waters: Modern Piracy and Terror on the High Seas by John Burnett.

Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly.

The Outlaw Sea: A World of Freedom, Chaos, and Crime by William Langewiesche.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750 by Marcus Rediker.

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