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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 Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781400176601
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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. As one naval historian wrote, "The great battles of the American Revolution were fought on land, but independence was won at sea." 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. Download and start listening now!

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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

  • Alan Sklar narrates with spirit and enthusiasm, bringing alive both the historic conflicts and the political atmosphere of the Revolution. AudioFile
  • “This is a well-written examination of an obscure aspect of American military history.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ted | 7/12/2011

    " Good story, not well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 5/8/2011

    " Good book about American Privateers in the revolutionary war. The was a little too detail about financial dealings and other side issues but it was still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/25/2011

    " very good so far about privateers' roles in american revolution "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 2/7/2011

    " A moderately interesting book on the history of privateers during the American Revolution. The chapters relating to Rhode Island were the most interesting to me - especially the burning of the Gaspee! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nance | 8/21/2010

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/20/2010

    " Good book about American Privateers in the revolutionary war. The was a little too detail about financial dealings and other side issues but it was still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 11/14/2008

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 9/2/2008

    " very good so far about privateers' roles in american revolution "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaius Tullius | 5/31/2008

    " A moderately interesting book on the history of privateers during the American Revolution. The chapters relating to Rhode Island were the most interesting to me - especially the burning of the Gaspee! "

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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.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.