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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (85 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert H. Patton Narrator: Alan Skla Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 decisive role in America’s struggle for independence and later turned their seafaring talents to the slave trade, revealing the conflict between enterprise and morality central to American history.

In Patriot Pirates, Robert H. Patton, the grandson of the battlefield genius of World War II, writes how privateering engaged all levels of Revolutionary life, from the dockyards to the assembly halls; how it gave rise to wild speculation in purchased shares in privateer ventures, enabling sailors to make more money in a month than they might earn in a year; and how privateering created fortunes that survive to this day.

Patton writes how, in addition to its strategic and economic importance, privateering played a large political role in the revolution. For example, Benjamin Franklin, from his diplomatic post in Paris, secretly encouraged skippers to sell their captured goods in French ports—a calculated effort on Franklin’s part to break the neutrality agreements between France and Britain, bring the two countries to blows, and take the pressure off American fighters.

This is a sweeping tale of maritime rebel-entrepreneurs bent on personal profit and national freedom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patton gives an absorbing exhumation of an undersung subject that will be of particular interest to Revolution buffs.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a well-written examination of an obscure aspect of American military history.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nance | 1/28/2013

    " Wow! I never before learned about the Navy during the Revolution--or better yet the that many Patriots were pirates. The line between a Privateer and a pirate is very thin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Teresa | 10/23/2012

    " I learned things about Benjamin Franklin, the Lee family and the Adams family that I never knew. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by David | 12/4/2011

    " This may be the driest book with the word "Pirate" in the title that has ever been written. I couldn't finish it. I have read approximately 130 histories/biographies this year and I couldn't make it through half of this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert | 9/11/2011

    " A little hard to read but a very fascinating view on the importance of pirates in the founding of the United States. It shows how many important issues pertaining to freedom were resolved with the aid and help of piracy. Very well worth reading...especially in today's political climate. "

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About the Author

Robert H. Patton, the grandson of General George S. Patton, is a novelist living in Darien, Connecticut. His books include The Pattons: A Personal History of an American Family, Up, Down and Sideways, and Life Between Wars.