Pirates: A New History, from Vikings to Somali Raiders


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Yale University Press
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6.4 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Peter Lehr is a lecturer in terrorism studies at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is the author of Counter-Terrorism Technologies and editor of Violence at Sea: Piracy in the Age of Global Terrorism. He lives in Fife, Scotland.


"This is a serious work for a general audience. Policymakers would do well to read it, as would aspiring pirates in search of career advice."--Frank Lawton, Financial Times
"In this informative and often entertaining short study, Lehr traces the global history of piracy, quoting judiciously from an array of historians and sources to make his case"--Ben Wilson, The Times
"In his lively, vivid history of pirates, Lehr finds some striking continuities from ancient to modern times."--Lawrence D. Freedman, Foreign Affairs
"Enlightening and enthralling."--Cindy Vallar, Pirates and Privateers
Listed on Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles List for 2019

"A ground-breaking survey of piracy through the ages. Lehr provides a detailed analysis of the causes of piracy, he reveals the operations of pirates ignored in most previous histories, and he brings a specialist knowledge to recent attacks off Somalia, in the Malacca Straits and in the Gulf of Guinea."--David Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag
"The most comprehensive history of piracy I have ever read. And a thrilling read, too!"--Adrian Tinniswood, author of Pirates of Barbary
"A fresh perspective on global piracy through the ages by one of the world's leading experts on maritime security and anti-terrorism. Lehr shoves aside the old temptations of blanket condemnation and cheeky romanticizing to ferret out the timeless patterns at the core of this venerable profession. . . . Pirates is at once a magisterial and instructive book. It is history for our times."--Kris E. Lane, author of Pillaging the Empire