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For thousands of years pirates, privateers, and seafaring raiders have terrorized the ocean voyager and coastal inhabitant, plundering ship and shore with impunity. From the victim's point of view, these attackers were not the rebellious, romantic rulers of Neptune's realm, but savage beasts to be eradicated, and those who went to sea to stop them were heroes.
Engaging and meticulously detailed, Pirate Hunting chronicles the fight against these plunderers from ancient times to the present and illustrates the array of tactics and strategies that individuals and governments have employed to secure the seas. Benerson Little lends further dimension to this unending battle by including the history of piracy and privateering, ranging from the Mycenaean rovers to the modern pirates of Somalia. He also introduces associated naval warfare; maritime commerce and transportation; the development of speed under oar, sail, and steam; and the evolution of weaponry.
More than just a vivid account of the war that seafarers and pirates have waged, Pirate Hunting is invaluable reading in a world where acts of piracy are once more a significant threat to maritime commerce and voyagers. It will appeal to readers interested in the history of piracy, anti-piracy operations, and maritime, naval, and military history worldwide.
Benerson Little was born in Key West, the son of a navy man. At age ten, he read Treasure Island, which led him to explore the world of the pirate. He later became a SEAL officer and an analyst for the Naval Special Warfare Center Strategy and Tactics Group. Little is the author of The Sea Rover's Practice: Pirates and Techniques, 1630-1730 (Potomac Books, Inc., 2005) and The Buccaneer's Realm: Pirate Life on the Spanish Main, 1674-1688 (Potomac Books, Inc., 2007) He lives in Huntsville, Alabama, where he teaches fencing.