Why We Love Pirates:

The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever

International Book Award Finalist

Maritime Media Mountbatten Literary Award Nominee

#1 Bestseller in Caribbean & West Indies, Central America, and Globalization

Pirates scholar, Rebecca Simon, PhD, explains how the global manhunt for Captain Kidd turned pirates into the romantic antiheroes we love today.

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Only someone who has lived in the shadows chasing faded pirates for an age, and is blessed with creativity, can pull off a book of this high caliber.

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Rebecca Simon, PhD


I am a historian of early modern piracy, Colonial America, the Atlantic World, and maritime history. I earned my PhD from King’s College London in 2017.

My first book, Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever (Mango Press, 2020), discusses transformation of real pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy from their authentic history into pop culture phenomenons today. 

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I am available to consult for you or to give talks to your organization and/or school (all levels). I have consulted for museums, businesses, novels, and television documentaries such as the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, UK, LEGO and programs on the BBC, the History Channel, and Netflix. I have also been an invited speaker for organizations such as the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in the United Kingdom, Digital Museum, and various schools for education outreach. Please contact me for more information.

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