Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt

Steven Johnson (Author)
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Description

"Thoroughly engrossing . . . a spirited, suspenseful, economically told tale whose significance is manifest and whose pace never flags." --The Wall Street Journal

From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Ghost Map and Unexpected Life, the story of a pirate who changed the world

Henry Every was the seventeenth century's most notorious pirate. The press published wildly popular--and wildly inaccurate--reports of his nefarious adventures. The British government offered enormous bounties for his capture, alive or (preferably) dead. But Steven Johnson argues that Every's most lasting legacy was his inadvertent triggering of a major shift in the global economy. Enemy of All Mankind focuses on one key event--the attack on an Indian treasure ship by Every and his crew--and its surprising repercussions across time and space. It's the gripping tale one of the most lucrative crimes in history, the first international manhunt, and the trial of the seventeenth century.

Johnson uses the extraordinary story of Henry Every and his crimes to explore the emergence of the East India Company, the British Empire, and the modern global marketplace: a densely interconnected planet ruled by nations and corporations. How did this unlikely pirate and his notorious crime end up playing a key role in the birth of multinational capitalism? In the same mode as Johnson's classic nonfiction historical thriller The Ghost Map, Enemy of All Mankind deftly traces the path from a single struck match to a global conflagration.

Product Details

Price
$28.00
Publisher
Riverhead Books
Publish Date
May 12, 2020
Pages
304
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780735211605

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About the Author

Steven Johnson is the bestselling author of twelve books, including Where Good Ideas Come From, Farsighted, and The Ghost Map. He's the host and cocreator of the Emmy-winning PBS/BBC series How We Got to Now, and the host of the podcast American Innovations. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Marin County, California, with his wife and three sons.

Reviews

Praise for Steven Johnson and his books:

"A maven of the history of ideas." --The Guardian

"A deep thinker and gifted storyteller." --The New York Times Book Review

"Mr. Johnson's erudition can be quite gobsmacking." --The Wall Street Journal

"Steven Johnson gives us history at its best: colorful, connected and compelling. . . . The Ghost Map is a masterpiece of historical writing." --The Seattle Times

"Johnson's writing derives its appeal from his ability to illuminate complex ideas in unpretentious language. . . . [his] prose is nimble, his knowledge impressive." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Johnson is a polymath. . . . [It's] exhilarating to follow his unpredictable trains of thought. To explain why some ideas upend the world, he draws upon many disciplines: chemistry, social history, even ecosystem science." --Los Angeles Times