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The Invisible Hook

The Hidden Economics of Pirates
Lu par : Jeremy Gage
Durée : 7 h et 41 min
Catégories : Anglais - History, World
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Pack your cutlass and blunderbuss - it's time to go a-pirating! The Invisible Hook takes readers inside the wily world of late 17th- and early 18th-century pirates. With swashbuckling irreverence and devilish wit, Peter Leeson uncovers the hidden economics behind pirates' notorious, entertaining, and sometimes downright shocking behavior.

Why did pirates fly flags of Skull & Bones? Why did they create a "pirate code"? Were pirates really ferocious madmen? And what made them so successful? The Invisible Hook uses economics to examine these and other infamous aspects of piracy. Leeson argues that the pirate customs we know and love resulted from pirates responding rationally to prevailing economic conditions in the pursuit of profits.

The Invisible Hook looks at legendary pirate captains like Blackbeard, Black Bart Roberts, and Calico Jack Rackam, and shows how pirates' search for plunder led them to pioneer remarkable and forward-thinking practices. Pirates understood the advantages of constitutional democracy - a model they adopted more than 50 years before the United States did so. Pirates also initiated an early system of workers' compensation, regulated drinking and smoking, and in some cases practiced racial tolerance and equality. Leeson contends that pirates exemplified the virtues of vice - their self-seeking interests generated socially desirable effects and their greedy criminality secured social order. Pirates proved that anarchy could be organized.

Revealing the democratic and economic forces propelling history's most colorful criminals, The Invisible Hook establishes pirates' trailblazing relevance to the contemporary world.

©2009 Peter T. Leeson (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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"Leeson hangs the meat of his pirate tale on a sturdy skeleton of economics.... The Invisible Hook is a delightful read, thanks to Leeson's engaging writing. He reduces a veritable mountain of facts and history into an entertainingly educational experience." (Barron's)

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  • Dara
  • 21/09/2012

A great read for people who love pirate history.

The book sucked drew me in with it's premise (whacky economics and pirates) and delivered. The narrator speaks with a clear, calm voice explaining the economic rational behind violent (and in the chapter on torture the first hand accounts Leeson cites are graphically violent) sea banditry in the 18th century Carribean.

Leeson has obviously done his research; taking 17th century primary sources such as government documents and first hand accounts of piracy an applying modern economic theory to explain it.

The only drawback I can forsee with this book is that a reader who doesn't have any prior knowledge of the carribean pirates may need to pick up an Eyewitness series or other book on piracy to understand a bit more of the context.

If you like pirates, history, economics, or theories on why people commit violent crimes this book is a must listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04/10/2010

Pirates lived in a Libertarian Paradise!!!!

Basically, it's "Freaknomics" with pirates - trying to explain piracy in terms of economic rationalism. Sounds fun, right? Somewhere early on in the book, something goes horribly, horribly wrong. The book is generally unhistorical, and armed with a few facts, the author goes on to make many conclusions. Some of those conclusions are just plain strange, and a few verge into offensive territory. Most of the conclusions serve a subtext of the book, namely that the pirates created something of a perfect Libertarian society. Even I, who arcs Libertarian in thought, call B.S. on this. There's just not enough to support the claims. The picture is over the top. As such, the book is pretty well a wasted opportunity. There's not enough untainted pirate information to make it a worthwhile read on that account, and there's plenty of better writers on economic philosophy to make it a good read on that account.

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  • Andrés Polti Vega
  • 29/11/2019

Title is more exciting than the book

More worried on making excuses for free market concepts, at the expense of pirate anecdotes, than actually explaining the inner workings of pirate economics and organization.

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  • Thomas P. Jenney
  • 17/11/2019

Fun way to learn basic econ

This book is a fun way to learn some basic economic principles, and uses those principles to help readers/listeners understand why pirates acted the way they did, and why they organized their floating societies the way they did.

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  • D.J.S.
  • 28/01/2019

I loved it/ not for everyone

If you have an interest in pirates or economics or political science you will not be able to put this down. If you like Freakonomics you'll fall in love all over again. If you enjoy history this will scratch your itch nicely.
This is not a romance or science fiction.

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  • Kelleen Browning
  • 02/12/2018

Economics for Pirates

Super fun listen and a great entry into understanding economics and pirate brutality.
My brother recommended it, and it was a great idea!

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  • Eric
  • 27/07/2018

an interesting treatise on the pirate economy

a friend of mine gave me this book because he knows I have an interest in Pirates. he also knows that I am I a libertarian and I'm not a big fan of how are current economy and governments are managed. this book was an interesting treatise on what motivated Pirates to operate Within the economy they created. I'm not entirely sure that everything the author posited is correct but it is an interesting analysis the how's and why's of what Pirates were doing in the 18th century

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  • Olavo Avalone
  • 08/11/2017

Really interesting and enjoyable.

Must listen to if you have even a small interest in either pirates or economics.
You will understand how pirate society and ships were able to function and how they were, by necessity, ahead of it's time.

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  • Michael Barrett
  • 23/10/2017

Pirates and Economics: College Dreams Come True

I quite enjoyed Leeson’s rendition of the typical pirate sort and would highly recommend it. The approach that he takes is that of Economic Rules and profit maximization. The book should not be seen as perfectly comprehensive or a detailed account of the time period, but conveys a new way to think about piracy.

Warning: If you are an economist or economics student, you will spend about 15% of the time just relearning some basics from school. Good luck.

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  • KMF
  • 10/02/2017

Unique Sales Force Leadership Training

If you manage a sales team (especially a commission-based one where you don't control their compensation), you must listen to this book. Enlightening and entertaining.

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  • Tonio
  • 15/08/2019

Best insight on pirates to get.

Very interesting to see how early democracy & and insurance actually was introduced. And how falt the pirate structure was.