We gave it a B-
What is it about pirates that, despite their relatively limited place in history, continues to capture our imagination centuries later? Woodard, who established his nautical bona-fides with books such as The Lobster Coast and Ocean’s End, does not provide a compelling answer in The Republic of Pirates. In his attempt to tackle the ”Golden Age of Piracy,” which lasted from 1715 to 1725, Woodard focuses on a trio of pirates (including the legendary Blackbeard) and the British merchant who vowed to eliminate their dastardly breed. This strategy, which Woodard undertakes with the enthusiasm of a mad researcher, offering dates and names and context galore, ultimately sinks his ship. This well-written book commits an offense that deserves a plank walk: rendering the piratical life boring. B?