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Invisible Hook The Hidden Economics of Pirates

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ISBN-10: 0691150095

ISBN-13: 9780691150093

Edition: 2009

Authors: Peter T. Leeson

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Pack your cutlass and blunderbuss--it's time to go a-pirating!The Invisible Hooktakes readers inside the wily world of late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-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 Hookuses 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…    
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Book details

List price: $13.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Peter T. Leeson is the BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism in the Department of Economics at George Mason University.

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Invisible Hook
Vote for Blackbeard The Economics of Pirate Democracy
An-arrgh-chy The Economics of the Pirate Code
Skull & Bones The Economics of the Jolly Roger
Walk the Plank The Economics of Pirate Torture
Pressing Pegleg The Economics of Pirate Conscription
Equal Pay for Equal Prey The Economics of Pirate Tolerance
The Secrets of Pirate Management
Epilogue: Omnipresent Economics
Postscript: You Can't Keep a Sea Dog Down The Fall and Rise of Piracy
Where This Book Found Its Buried Treasure A Note on Sources
Notes
Index