Title: The Last Pirate of New York: A Ghost Ship, A Killer, and the Birth of a Gangster Nation
Author: Rich Cohen
Publication Date: June 11, 2019
Format Read: Kindle
Genre: Historical Non Fiction
I’ve started off the year reading some really amazing and interesting things and this one is definitely at the top of the list! I head about this one a while ago, (it might have even been in a wishlist at some point?) so when I saw it on sale on Kindle I knew that I had to pick it up and I’m really glad that I did because I enjoyed it so much.
The Last Pirate of New York is a non fiction account of the life of Albert Hicks, the last man executed for piracy in New York City. The book starts with what brought about his eventual capture, covers the entire hunt for him across multiple states, then talks about the trial, conviction and eventual execution. We also get to her his entire life story in the later parts of the book and it’s honestly something that brings to mind the stories of pirates that you read about in fiction. There’s no question that Hicks was a despicable human being, but my goodness was this an interesting read. I read the entire thing in one sitting and since it’s non fiction, that should tell you all you need to know. The book covers all the main points of the story and talks about all the main players without bogging the story down with too much extra or unnecessary information. The author has a really distinct voice, which is always welcome when reading non fiction.
Honestly I just really enjoyed reading this one. You can tell how much time went into researching this story, and you can tell that it’s something that the author was really interested in and wanted to learn about. It was a fascinating read and I will definitely be checking out more from this author in the future.