They were legalized pirates empowered by the Continental Congress to raid and plunder, at their own considerable risk, as much enemy trade as they could successfully haul back to America’s shores; they played a central role in American’s struggle for independence and later turned their seafaring talents to the slave trade; embodying the conflict between enterprise and morality central to the American psyche.
In Patriot Pirates, Robert H. Patton, grandson of the battlefield genius of World War II, writes how privateering created fortunes (Livingston, Bingham, Brown, and Peabody among them) that survive to this day; how citizen privateers played a large political role in the Revolution; and how Benjamin Franklin, from his diplomatic post in Paris, secretly encouraged skippers to sell their captured goods in French ports to break the neutrality agreements between France and Britain, bring the two countries to blows, and take the pressure off American fighters.
A sweeping tale of maritime rebel entrepreneurs bent on personal profit and national freedom.
This is an Advance Reading Copy, also known as an Advance Reader’s Edition, Uncorrected Proof or Unbound Manuscript. ARCs may differ from the final book in some of the text, and if there are pictures or illustrations, they generally are not included.
Its release date is May 20, 2008. It retails for $26. This softcover advance edition is 294 pages and measures approximately 6" x 9.25". It has "staff" written on all three outer edges, but is otherwise unread and in new condition.