Author Benerson Little has a new book, The Great Pirate Legends Debunked: Authentic Details of Sea Rover History More Extraordinary Than the Myths, which will be available in paperback in the UK on 1 October 2011. Currently it is not listed for release in the US until 1 September 2012.
This book debunks more than a dozen pirate myths-from the flying of the Jolly Roger to the burying of treasure to walking the plank to the staging of epic sea battles-and shows that the truth about pirates is more fascinating and disturbing than the myths. For example, pirates rarely had their captives walk the plank; instead captives were often subject to horrendous torture, such as being hung by their genitals, burned by slow matches, or hung by their arms tied behind their backs and then dropped, causing their shoulders to pop from their sockets.
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