Enemy of All Mankind (Hardcover)
A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt
Riverhead Books, 9780735211605, 304pp.
Publication Date: May 12, 2020
Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback, Large Print (6/2/2020)
The New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Map and How We Got to Now returns with the story of a pirate who changed the world
Henry Every was the seventeenth century’s most notorious pirate. The press published wildly popular—and wildly inaccurate—reports of his nefarious adventures. The British government offered enormous bounties for his capture, alive or (preferably) dead. But Steven Johnson argues that Every’s most lasting legacy was his inadvertent triggering of a major shift in the global economy. Enemy of All Mankind focuses on one key event—the attack on an Indian treasure ship by Every and his crew—and its surprising repercussions across time and space. It’s the gripping tale one of the most lucrative crimes in history, the first international manhunt, and the trial of the seventeenth century.
Johnson uses the extraordinary story of Henry Every and his crimes to explore the emergence of the East India Company, the British Empire, and the modern global marketplace: a densely interconnected planet ruled by nations and corporations. How did this unlikely pirate and his notorious crime end up playing a key role in the birth of multinational capitalism? In the same mode as Johnson’s classic non-fiction historical thriller The Ghost Map, Enemy of All Mankind deftly traces the path from a single struck match to a global conflagration.
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Praise For Enemy of All Mankind: A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt…
“It is the perfect book to cozy up to during a pandemic…In addition to providing captivating “yo ho ho and a bottle of rum” action, the author examines the geopolitical and cultural implications of Every’s spasm of violence. His subject changed the very nature and geography of piracy in the eighteenth century.” —USA Today
“Enough adventures to fill a Netflix series…[Johnson] skillfully makes sweeping historical points from bloody swashbuckling details.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This thoroughly enjoyable history reveals how a single act can reverberate across centuries." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)