At large during the most colorful period in New Orleans' history, privateers Jean and Pierre Laffite made life hell for Spanish merchants on the Gulf. Davis uncovers the truth about two men who made their names synonymous with piracy and intrigue on the Gulf.
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[A] swashbuckling look at Jean and Pierre Laffite, brothers and partners in crime. Atlanta Journal-Constitution From just after the Louisiana Purchase through the War of 1812, privateers Jean and Pierre Laffite made life hell for Spanish merchants on the Gulf. Pirates to the U.S. Navy officers who chased them, heroes to theNew Orleanianswho shopped for contraband at their well-publicized auctions, the brothers became important members of a filibustering syndicate. But this allegiance didn t stop the Laffites from becoming paid Spanish spies, disappearing into the fog of history after selling out their own associates. Davis fills out this squalid footnote to our past with great skill. The New York Times Book Review A solid study of the Gulf rim s most famous buccaneers has long been overdue . . . Davis beautifully reconstructs the elusive, colorful and nefarious lives of the Laffite brothers . . . Marvelous. Mobile Register Davis account is the best yet produced. New Orleans Times Picayune William C. Davis teaches history at Virginia Tech and is the director of programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. He lives in Virginia.