Five Star Account of the Kidd Saga Mar 6, 2008
I rarely give any book a five star rating but I DO for this one. A historian, Richard Zacks, painstakingly hunts down evidence of the whole long saga of Kidd's life and travels, and the misbegotten final privateering trek to the East Indies. He even finds the crucial lost letters of marque that would have solidified Kidd's claim that the ships he robbed were legal prey when he looted them.
An incredible job. The book is sprinkled with period art, maps, actual court testimony and text of letters. An impressive list of sources plus a helpful index in the back. Bravo.