Jean Lafitte

Jean Lafitte

The Pirate Who Saved America

Book - 2012
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This biography of the infamous pirate Jean Laffite is a real-life, action-packed adventure. Since he was a young boy, Jean longed to be a pirate, and with the help of his brothers and uncle, he became one when he was just a teenager. Soon the only life he knew was on the high seas--a life full of glory, riches, disaster, and revenge. When he finally settled down in New Orleans, he managed to become a successful businessman and respected citizen, while still pirating. He even helped the United States win the War of 1812 when he alerted the U.S. government to a British plot to invade via New Orleans. With the help of Laffite and his pirates, General Andrew Jackson was able to beat back the British.Praise for Jean Laffite:"Move over, Jack Sparrow, and make way for Jean Laffite. This well-informed narrative gives readers a sense of what was happening in the world at the time as well as what it was like to be a real pirate."--School Library Journal"Cinematic illustrations by Jeff Himmelman add to the excitement. Filled with fascinating facts and dynamic pictures, Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America is sure to captivate both pirate-loving children and their parents, as well."--Jewish Book Council
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, c2012.
ISBN: 9780810997332
Branch Call Number: J 976. 305 LAF R
Characteristics: 47 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm.
Additional Contributors: Himmelman, Jeff (Jeffrey), - Illustrator


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Jul 04, 2020

So awful, I don't know where to begin. These bloodthirsty pirates are made out to be heroes. And they did not save "America". They banded together with Confederate generals, who were pro-slavery and anti-united. It is just the kind of twisted reality you would expect from someone who is trying to look back on history with a favourable eye, even when the truth is obvious through the rhetoric. This book is total garbage and I would never read this to children. In fact, I cannot believe it was published and is on the shelves in our publicly funded library.

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