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Patriot Pirates ~ Lecture on Thursday, March 6

posted Feb 5, 2014, 7:39 AM by Margaret McIntire   [ updated Mar 13, 2014, 9:42 AM by Julie Johnston ]
Thanks to all who joined us for a wonderful and informative lecture! If you missed it, you can still read up on your local pirate history in this great article written by our own Ken Reiss and Jack Gault.
At 7 pm on March 6, Bob Patton will return to the topic of his last book, Patriot Pirates, and discuss the American privateers that launched by thousands during the Revolution to plunder British trade. Scorned as greedy buccaneers by polite society, colonial privateers represented the entrepreneurial spirit, risk-taking, and often violent unruliness of America's ingrained pursuit of economic and political liberty -- while at the same proving instrumental in winning the war.

Robert H. Patton has published novels, memoirs, and non-fiction histories. Educated at Brown University and Northwestern University, he and his wife Vicki have resided in Darien for thirty years and raised four sons here. His new book, Hell Before Breakfast, about American war correspondents in 19th Century Europe, is coming from Random House in April.