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Enemy of All Mankind

by Steven Johnson

PUBLISHED: 12th May 2020
ISBN: 9780593171813
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PUBLISHED: 12th May 2020
ISBN: 9780593171813

Publisher Description

How did a single manhunt spark the modern era of multinational capitalism? Henry Every was the seventeenth century's most notorious pirate. The press published wildly popular-and wildly inaccurate-reports of his nefarious adventures. The British government offered enormous bounties for his capture, alive or (preferably) dead. But Steven Johnson argues that Every's most lasting legacy was his inadvertent triggering of a new model for the global economy. Enemy of All Mankind focuses on one key event-the attack of an Indian treasure ship by Every and his crew-and its surprising repercussions across time and space.

Johnson uses the extraordinary story of Henry Every and his crimes to explore the emergence of the modern global marketplace- a densely interconnected planet ruled by nations and corporations. Like the bestselling How We Got To Now and The Ghost Map, Enemy of All Mankind crosses disciplinary boundaries to recount its history- the chemistry behind the invention of gunpowder; the innovations in navigation that enabled the age of exploration; the cultural history of pirates; the biographical history of Every and his crew; the rise of the Moghul dynasty; and the commercial ambition of the East India Company.

In this compelling work of history and ideas, Johnson deftly traces the path from a single struck match to a global conflagration.

Author Biography

STEVEN JOHNSON is the bestselling author of twelve books, including Where Good Ideas Come From, Farsighted, and The Ghost Map. He's the host and co-creator of the Emmy-winning PBS/BBC series How We Got To Now, and the host of the podcast American Innovations. He lives in Brooklyn and Marin County, California with his wife and three sons.

Product Details

Author
Steven Johnson
Pages
515
Publisher
Random House USA Inc
Year
2020
ISBN-10
0593171810
ISBN-13
9780593171813
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2020-05-12
Subtitle
A True Story of Piracy, Power, and History's First Global Manhunt
Country of Publication
United States
Short Title
Enemy of All Mankind
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade