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By Andrew C. Revkin

An "NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12" selection. "A lively reminder that there are places on earth where adventure still reigns, and a warning that we may be endangering them." -- Bill McKibben. New York Times reporter, Andrew Revkin leads readers through the mysterious history of arctic exploration. He follows oceanographers, peers into the mysteries of climate modeling and global warming, and ultimately shows how the fate of the pole will affect us all.

Ages 10 and up; grades 5 and up.
A New York Times Book / KINGFISHER
128 pages, hardcover.
Publication: April 2006
ISBN : 0-7534-5993-0


Abenteuer & Wissen
Das versunkene Piratenschiff
Gerstenberg Verlag
ISBN 978-3-8369-4841-8
“Das Piratenschiff”, written by Rick Haupt and published by Malik ISBN # 3-89029-281-x. Also available in soft cover and published by Piper ISBN-13: 978-3-492-24625-5 and ISBN-10: 3-492-24625-7. In preparation are the follow up books of this trilogy - "Die Piratenstadt" (The Pirate Town) and "Die Pirateninsel" (The Pirate Island) written by Rick Haupt and Sylvia Krüger.

This highly educational audio CD has been published in February 2005 as a result of our team's expedition to Haiti in March 2004 and the subsequent discovery of several pirate ships belonging to one of the most famous buccaneers of all - Sir Henry Morgan.
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"Conway Maritime Press” – Chrysalis Books U.K.

About the Author: Cruz Apestegui
Cruz Apestegui is a practising marine archaeologist and is a course director at the Institute of Naval Engineering in Madrid.


"Pirates of the Caribbean" is a study of pirates in the Americas during their heyday. Cruz Apestegui has drawn on a huge number of sources – both published and unpublished – to write the definitive narrative history of piracy in the Caribbean. The story begins with the arrival of the first Spanish settlers in the New World. They found an immense amount of wealth there, and the whole purpose of these early settlements was to extract this and send it back to Spain in great treasure galleons. When Spain found itself at war with France in the 1520s, these settlements and galleons became the target for privateers in the service of the French king. From these beginnings, the whole edifice of piracy, popularised by Hollywood films and the swashbuckling novels of Rafael Sabatini, emerged. The wealth of New Spain attracted ship owners who tried both legitimate trade and smuggling to turn a profit. European wars generated fleets of ships commanded by the same men who replaced illegal trade with outright seizure of ships and attacks on Spanish ports. Famous names such as Hawkins, Morgan, Drake, and Heyn all built their fortunes on these escapades. Piracy remained profitable until trade with Spanish colonies was opened after the end of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1713. Piracy in the Caribbean was then suppressed, and by 1720 had ceased to be anything but a marginal activity by small operators.

About the Author: Captain Charles Johnson
Captain Charles Johnson, the author of the General History, remains a shadowy figure. His identity has been the subject of considerable speculation, and at one time he was identified with Daniel Defoe. He clearly was a sailor, and he plainly knew a good deal about the reality of piratical life.


"Captain Charles Johnson’s General History of Pirates" was one of the best-selling books of 1724, when it was first published. It provides a sweeping account of what has come to be called the Golden Age of Piracy. It went through four editions in two years, and without doubt owed a substantial part of its success to a dramatic writing style that vividly captures the realities of pirates’ savage existence. The book contains documentary evidence of events during the lives of its subjects. In the 270 years since its original publication, Johnson’s work has come to be regarded as the classic study of one of the most popular subjects in maritime history.

About the Author: Richard Woodman

Richard Woodman qualified as a navigating officer with Blue Funnel serving in cargo-liners trading principally to the Far East, before joining Trinity House in 1967 working on Corporation’s lighthouse tenders. After 31 years at sea he now works in operations management. His first historical novel was published by John Murray in 1981. Since then his popular Nathaniel Drinkwater series has grown to twelve volumes. Along with six other novels Richard has also produced a number of highly successful non-fiction titles including View from the Sea (1985) and the widely acclaimed Arctic Convoys (John Murray, 1994). In 2001 he was awarded the Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for his contributions to maritime history.


The ship is one of the greatest accomplishments of the human race. That we have used it to travel to new and mysterious lands, vanquish our enemies and trade for exotic goods in distant ports make its history very rich indeed. The purpose of this book is to present the informed reader, who has an interest in ships, with a full account of both the technical and cultural development of this most fascinating and influential invention. The author, Richard Woodman, has drawn together the historical strands of each ship-type to produce a thoroughly compelling account culminating in a summary of contemporary developments and speculation about the future.Whether for good or evil, we have used the ship in our struggle to dominate the world around us, accomplishing spectacular feats of courage and exploration, exploiting and destruction. From the development of the dugout canoe to the very large container carrier we have created the largest mobile structures on the planet. The book starts with descriptions of primitive craft, leading to the early trading vessels and warships. From there the transition to the first full-rigged ship, the carrack, is discussed. The introduction of steam is clarified with details on how this gradual process, although finally allowing the steamship to usurp the sailing ship in many of her former roles, allowed sailing vessels to reach their final and prolonged heyday in the colourful tea clipper races. The upheavals of the twentieth century with the arrival of the big-gun battleship, aircraft carrier and the nuclear submarine are given comprehensive coverage.Throughout the book, the impact of technology on the evolution of the ship is dealt with logically to put developments in their economic and political contexts, and changes in the design of both warships and merchantmen are outlined. Entwined with this history are the stories of the characters who influenced ship design and the men who commanded them.The book in general follows the arguments propounded in Conway's highly praised History of the Ship series: these are underpinned with the author's many years of seagoing experience and numerous fiction and non-fiction writings on maritime topics. Whilst dealing with a hugely complex subject, the author presents his truly international thesis in a highly readable and enlightening manner. The book is complete with a full glossary and extensive bibliography.

About the Author: Dr. Nicholas Tracy

Containing reviews, notes and queries, a gallery and a section specifically to publish important original documents, and edited by the distinguished naval historian Nicholas Tracy, "The Age of Sail " will be the premier resource for the historian and naval enthusiast as well as the general reader.


From the eclipse of the galley in the sixteenth century until the widespread introduction of steam propulsion in the mid-nineteenth century the sailing warship was the major instrument of naval warfare. The Age of Sail annual will explore all aspects of maritime warfare during this period. Although the major components of the sailing ship changed little in these years, advances in design and construction refined the form. More strident advances occurred in fighting tactics. Ships began to fight in fleets in the sixteenth century, with the line of battle developing in the seventeenth century. This defensive formation was designed to minimise the chances of suffering a decisive defeat. It was not until the latter part of the eighteenth century that certain officers in the Royal Navy broke free from this rigid tactic and implemented an aggressive approach designed to bring about decisive results. Central to the development of sailing navies, were advances made in the infrastructure of naval administration. Re-supplying at sea, combating disease and ill health, the development of a professional officer corps all added to the effectiveness of naval forces. Growing world trade, in particular with non-European parts of the globe, provided the finance to underwrite the huge cost of a naval force, for sailing warships were expensive to build, man and maintain and were a heavy and continual drain on the resources of kings and states. With good reason the ship-of-the-line was viewed as the ultimate symbol of national power.


Edited by Dr. Nicholas Tracy. Based on the life's work of the naval historian Brian Tunstall, this book traces

the evolution of fleet tactics from the Dutch Wars of the Seventeenth century to the War of American Independence in the late eighteenth and the defeat of the French Empire in 1815. It covers the entire period in which sailing fleet was the major instrument of naval power. This book offers the general reader as well as the historian and naval enthusiast an original insight into the workings of the great sailing fleets, and into the problems of control and effective deployment of their forces faced by the commanders in some of the greatest events of naval history; it is unlikely to be superseded as an original study of warfare at sea.


This is the first modern study of warship top hamper in the whole era of sail for which firm evidence is available, including the hitherto 'dark ages' of the mid-eighteenth century. When this book was first published in 1979 it was immediately recognised as the standard work on the evolution of rigging, mast-making and sail making. After two revisions, it remains the most comprehensive work on the subject.

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