The Secret Meaning Behind the Jolly Roger
[by Sarah Percy and Nick Baker]
ABC News

The Flag
[by Sarah Percy]
ABC Radio: An Object in Time

Piracy Rule Greatly Impacts Development of American Democracy
[by Zhang Mengxu]
People's Daily

Pirati, utili canaglie: destra e sinistra ripensano la figura dei bucanieri i primi anarco-capitalisti
[by Massimilano Panarari]
La Stampa

Daň z daně z daně… a pirátské „Hrrr na ně!“
[by Petr Barton]

Piraten als Vorbilder für Manager – echt jetzt?
[by Dominik Reintjes]

Per il corpo di mille balene, ma quanto erano democratici i pirati? L’analisi sulla disuguaglianza
[by Luciano Canova]
Il Sole 24 Ore

The Invisible Hook
[by Brian Klass]
Power Corrupts

Deterrence Method for Piracy Might Also Discourage Cyberattacks
[by Jonah Goldberg]
Vail Daily

Pirates Could Teach Us a Thing or Two about Fair Pay
[by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon]

What Can Pirates Teach Us about Core Values?
[by Phillip Oakley]

How 12 Authors Turned their Book Dedications into Grand Romantic Gestures
[by Angela Haupt]
Washington Post

Ahoy! 8 Books to Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day
[by Vancouver Public Library]
Vancouver is Awesome

Černovous byl demokrat se strašlivou pověstí

Früher König, heute kriminell
[by Christian Gschwendtner]
Süddeutsche Zeitung

Chefrekrutierer der Schweizer Armee: «Piraten sind die besseren Chefs!»
[by Martin Berglinger]
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Be More Pirate with Organizational Innovations
[by Nicola Davison]
Think: Act

Früher König, heute kriminell
[by Christian Gschwendtner]
Süddeutsche Zeitung

Traficantes, piratas y Britney Spears en el Cuerno de África
[by Pablo Suanzes]
El Mundo

Tìm hiểu về Luật cướp biển - quy tắc vàng trong thế kỷ 17

Learn Two Lessons from 18th Century Pirates, and Change the World
[by Michal Bohanes]

Saqueos, falsas leyes y brutales castigos: el desconocido fallo histórico de «Piratas del Caribe»
[by Manuel Villatoro]

The Pirate Creed
[by Farah Mohammed]

What Life was Actually Like for a Pirate
[by Jason Iannone]

False Facts about Pirates Everyone Thinks are True
[by Adam James]

My Son Buries Money Like Pirates. Should I Stop Him?
[by Eric Spitznagel]

[by Benjamin Powell]
Free to Exchange

Peter Leeson on The Invisible Hook
[by Frank Conway]
Economic Rockstar

Arrrr! . . . Parent Like a Pirate!
[by Daniel Griffin]
Huffington Post

Interview with Peter Leeson, Author of The Invisible Hook and Anarchy Unbound
[by Michael Keenan]
The Seasteading Institute

Pirate Democracy?
[by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson]
Why Nations

Fox Talk

Невидимата кука: Скритата икономика на пиратите
[by Petar Ganev]

Did You Know Democracy was Helped by the Pirates?
[by Thom Hartmann]
The Big Picture

Пірати Карибського моря - перші демократи Заходу

Die gerechten Rüpel, Die gerechten Rüpel
Die Zeit

What Can We Do about the Pirates? 
[by Art Carden] 

What 17th-Century Pirates Can Teach Us about Job Design 
[by Hayagreeva Rao]
Harvard Business Review

What Business Executives Can Learn from Pirates
[by Fazil Mihlar]
The Vancouver Sun

The Invisible Hook Receives the Gold Medal Book of the Year Award in Economics and Business
Foreword Reviews 

The Invisible Hook Makes Princeton University Press' Best Sellers of 2009 List
Princeton University Press

What Can Pirate Criews Teach about Workplace Democracy?
[by Michelle Strutzenberger]

Top 7 Management Secrets of Blackbeard the Pirate 
[by Jeff Wise]

Counterculture Warriors
National Affairs

Incentives Matter
[by Stephen Dubner]

Adrian Tinniswood on Pirates
[by Adrian Tinniswood]
The Browser

The Invisible Hook is Named the Best International Non-Fiction Book of 2009
The Week Magazine

The Invisible Hook is Named One of the 100 Best Books of 2009
The San Francisco Chronicle

Of Pirateology
[by Jennifer Schuessler]
The New York Times

Pirate Exhibit in Norfolk Taps Into Pirate Craze 
[by Steve Szkotak]
Associated Press

Ökonomie der Grausamkeit 
[by Anna Gielas] 
Der Freitag

Marauders on the High Seas
[by Peter Monaghan] 
The Chronicle of Higher Education

ABC National Radio

El capitán de un barco pirata afronta dilemas similares a los de Bill Gates
El Mundo

The Invisible Hook: Pirates, Economics, and Democracy
ABC National Radio

What Can be Learnt from Piracy? 
[by Daniele Archibugi]

Die Ökonomie der Piraten
[by Kirsten Krumrey]

Learning Economics from Pirates 
Fox Business News

Saturday is Talk Like a Pirate Day. Go Have a Shrimp Cocktail or Something

What Managers Can Learn from Pirates

Business-Savvy Sea Scoundrels
[by Peter Leeson]

Excerpt of The Invisible Hook
Milken Institute Review

The Wall Street Shuffle Show
CNN Radio

Le virtù dell'uncino invisibile
[by Giorgio Barba Navaretti] 
Il Sole 24 Ore

Pirates, No Leftist Utopians, They
[by Christopher Shea] 
The Boston Globe

[by Edward Glaeser] 
Economix/New York Times blog

Piraterie, Cannibalisme, et Corruption
[by Julien Damon] 
Les Echos

Os Pioneiros da Democracia
[by Eduardo Pegurier] 

Forget the Parrots and Peglegs, These Pirates Mean Business
[by Colleen Kearny Rich] 
George Mason University News

Pirates Provide Opportunity for Quirky Study of Economics
[by Bob Braun]
The Star-Ledger

The Invisible Hook
Wisconsin Public Radio

Pirates were Democrats, Says Scholar
[by Andrew Beatty]
Agence France Press

Paying the Pirate's Price
[by Veronique de Rugy]
Reason Magazine

The Invisible Hook: Pirates of the Caribbean, Our Founding Fathers, and Free Markets
Pajamas TV

Leeson on Pirates and The Invisible Hook

Planet Money
National Public Radio

More to Piracy than Maritime Mugging?

Q&A with Author Peter Leeson
The Hill

Who's Afraid of Somali Pirates?
[by David Herbert]
National Journal

Avast, Landlubbers!!! -- Pirates at Reiter's
Reiter's Books blog

Between the Covers: Peter Leeson on The Invisible Hook
National Review Online Radio

Could Profit Motive Put and End to Piracy?
[by John Stossel and Andrew Kirell]
ABC News

Bringing True Romance to the Book Dedication
The Guardian 

The Reason.TV Talk Show, Episode 16
Reason TV

The Color of Pirating
[by Peter Leeson]
Wonders & Marvels

Congressmen or Pirates? Choose Carefully, Me Hearties
[by Sam Staley]
Indiana Policy Review

The Page 99 Test: The Invisible Hook
The Page 99 Test

5 Pirate Myths . . . And the Facts that Belie Them
[by Peter Leeson]
Princeton University Press blog

U.S. Chase of Somali Assests Faces Rough Seas
[by Tabassum Zakaria]

Rational Pirates? The Hidden Economics of History's Most Notorious Criminals
[by Peter Leeson]
History News Network

Pirate Economics 101
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

Peter T. Leeson on the Hidden Economics of Pirates
Reason TV

A Market Solution to Piracy?
[by Matt Bandyk]
US News & World Report

Peter Leeson . . . Urges U.S. Government to Look to History and Economic Theory to Solve the Piracy Problem in Somalia
[by Jessica Pellien]

SEALs Succeed; Now Proceed with Caution
The Orange County Register

Want to Prevent Piracy? Privatize the Ocean
[by Peter Leeson]
National Review blog

Captain Freed from Pirates in Daring Rescue
[by Mark Trumbull and Mark Sappenfield]
The Christian Science Monitor

In Defense of Pirates (The Old Time Ones)
[by Peter Leeson]
National Public Radio

Talking about Pirates
[by Veronique de Rugy]
National Review blog

The Invisible Hook's design
FaceOut Books

How Pirates of Old Really Did the Business
[by Marc Abrahams]
The Guardian

Pete Leeson on Recession and His New Book
Princeton University Press blog

Peter Leeson Author of The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates
ForeWord Magazine

Pete Leeson Proposes an Economic Love Story
[by Jessica Pellien]
Princeton University Press blog

A Written Proposal
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution

A Proposal by the Book
[by Megan Eckstein]
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Yo, Ho, Ho, and a Bottle of Love
[by Hyung Lee]
The Daily Princetonian

Princeton U.P. Author Proposes Marriage in Book Acknowledgements
[by Lynn Andriani]
Publishers Weekly

The State of Piracy
[by Stephen Dubner]
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

What Would Blackbeard Do? Why Piracy Pays
Scientific American

Everyone in Favor, Say Yargh!
[by Joanna Weiss]
The Boston Globe

Adam Smith, Meet Captain Hook: The Upside of Pirate Greed
[by Peter Leeson]
Princeton University Press blog

The Pirates' Code
[by James Surowiecki]
The New Yorker

[by Brendan Borrell]
Natural History

Democrats of the Caribbean
The Atlantic

Three Great Social Contractarians: Hobbes, Locke . . . and Blackbeard?
[by Peter Leeson]
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

The Economics of Piracy (the Real Kind with Peglegs and Pieces of Eight
[by Stephen Dubner]
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

Who are the Outlaws? A Freakonomics Quoum
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

Can't Keep a Sea Dog Down: Pirates, Then and Now
[by Peter Leeson]
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

Can You Make an Algorithm Walk the Plank?
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

Are Pirates the Key to Understanding the World?
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

The Rise of Pop Economics
[by Andrew Kemp]
Institute of Public Affairs

Undercover Economist: Criminal Interest
[by Tim Harford]
Financial Times

The Dread Pirate Jobs
[by Ken Hunt]
Globe and Mail

An article in Danish
[by Thomas Dohm]
Science Illustrated

Blackbeard Still Lives
[by Jonathon Gatehouse]
Maclean's Magazine

Pirates Ahoy
[by Brad Hatch]
Boss Financial Review

Jack Sparrow, Democrat
[by Carolyn O'Hara]
Foreign Policy blog

Profiting from Piracy
[by Ed Charles]
In the Black


[Leeson's] "picture of pirate crews as precursors to modern governments and business structures was a surprising and fascinating discovery."
Fairfax Daily-Monitor [full review]

“Peter Leeson’s highly readable book is full of surprises and will likely overturn no end of assumptions most people hold about pirate life.”
The Business Economist [full review]

“Leeson reveals that pirates . . . invoke[ed] Madison’s solution to the paradox of power—almost 100 years before he suggested it.”
Global Business and Organizational Excellence

"Peter T. Leeson deftly describes why pirates went into their trade . . . . With all the book on these colorful criminals, Leeson's is the only one to focus on the economic side of the matter. That is his great advantage."
Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

"Peter T. Leeson's book is an engaging analysis of early modern Western piracy . . . . He forges an organized and clear work that possesses an irreverent sense of humor and endeavors to unlock the reasons behind the peculiarities of pirate organization and conduct."
American Historical Review

"Leeson presents detailed and convincing arguments for his analysis, challenging preconceptions the readers may have of pirates."
Journal of Global Analysis [full review]

“The Invisible Hook manages to take all that society has told us about pirates and turns it on its head . . . . [Leeson’s book] delivers on its promise to reveal the underlying economic forces propelling history’s most curious criminals.”
New Perspectives on Political Economy [full review]

"[E]xtremely well-researched and well-written . . . . Most authors are fortunate if their book makes one significant contribution. The Invisible Hook makes at least four important contributions."
Global Crime [full review]

"[T]hrough the application of economics, [The Invisible Hook] changes one's view on pirates as a ragtag bunch of scallywags, to understanding them as being an organized and efficient group of individuals."
Dialogue [full review]

"This refreshing perspective resolve[s] a lot of mysteries  . . . about [pirates'] famous subculture . . . At the same time, the book's Freakonomics approach ("follow the money") is a reminder that viewing cultural phenomenon in terms of economics can be extremely productive."
Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor, Wired Magazine [full review]

"Leeson’s cleverly titled Invisible Hook uses the basic insights of neoclassical economics to explain numerous features of pirate society and practice."
Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"[E]ducational, thought-provoking, and fun . . . fascinating throughout. Dedicated pirate enthusiasts may find they have a much deeper appreciation for economics than they ever thought possible." [full review]

"Well shiver me timbers, this surely is a wickedly good book! In fact, Peter Leeson has produced a book applying the dismal science that is both fun to read, and entertaining . . . . I recommend it without hesitation to professional academics, students, anyone interested in a clear exposition of the economic way of thinking, and every scurvy dog who is interested in pirating."
Public Choice

"[Leeson] clearly is . . . an undoubtedly excellent teacher . . . the style and tone of [The Invisible Hook] are that of an engaging lecturer who makes economics entertaining for his undergraduate students."
International Journal of Maritime History

"[V]aluable to any historian of piracy seeking a uniquely economics-based perspective on their subject."
Southern Economic Journal

"The Invisible Hook . . . brings a promising new critical approach to scholarly inquiry into piracy: economic analysis . . . . [Leeson's] prose is exuberant while still pedagogical . . . [He has a] talent for making the fundamentals of classical economics lucid, portable, and persuasive . . . . The Invisible Hook provides many pleasures and provocations."
Eighteenth-Century Studies [full review]

"The Invisible Hook . . . stands out as a novel contribution to international economics and, by extension, international relations."
Central European Journal of International and Security Issues [full review]

"The Invisible Hook is a rollicking good read—more fun than any person should be allowed to have without a parrot, a hook, and an eye patch . . . .Leeson's book is magnificent."
Freeman [full review]

"On every page Leeson's infectous love for pirates, and more importantly economics, holds the reader's attention captive . . . . I promise that upon finishing The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates . . . you . . . will emerge hoping Peter Leeson pens a sequel."
Market Forces [full review]

"The Invisible Hook is . . . an entertaining read that illuminates well a curious historical episode."
Journal of Economic Literature [full review]

"[S]urprising and engaging . . . . [Leeson's] seminars must be wildly popular."
London Review of Books [full review]

"Jauntily characterising the typical pirate ship as akin to “a Fortune 500 company”, [The Invisible Hook] reorients pirates as precursors of Milton Friedman and the Chicago school of economics."
Financial Times [full review]

"There are echoes of Bernard Mandeville in [Leeson's] witticisms and and lively turns of phrase . . . . By making a provocative case in a clear and engaging fashion . . . Leeson’s book should reinvigorate debate about piracy’s golden age . . . . [T]his is a thought-provoking book which deserves a wide readership."
Business History [full review]

"Leeson's book is stimulating, provacative, and, of course, a fun read."
World Trade Review [full review]

"I encourage everyone . . . to immediately obtain a copy of Peter Leeson's The Invisible Hook . . . I guarantee that after the first few pages you won't be able to put this book down . . . . To put it bluntly, this book is a must read."
Comparative Political Studies [full review]

"[T]he . . . reader will find in The Invisible Hook both an entertaining account of piracy's so-called Golden Age and an absorbing introduction to some of the most important ideas from economics. . . [This book] is among the best popular works of economics in recent years."
Journal of Value Inquiry [full review]

"Peter T. Leeson . . . puts salty flesh on the bones of the pirates' legend in The Invisible Hook, pulling off the formidable trick of being both rigorous and cheeky . . . . Leeson's lights . . . are bright and convincing . . . .[a] jaunty gem of a book . . . . his argument assuredly does bolster the Chicago School case that the dismal science pervades every human endeavor."
Democracy [full review]

"Leave it to an economist to take our current obsession [with pirates] and peer under it in search of a new interpretation . . . . The Invisible Hook is an entertaining economic history of an era and a way of business rarely considered in such a way. Pirates were rational!"
MIT Sloan Management Review [full review]

"The Invisible Hook is an excellent book by one of the most creative young economists around, Pete Leeson."
Steven D. Levitt, Freakonomics/New York Times blog [full review]

"It’s Freakonomics meets Pirates of the Caribbean. Jack Hirshleifer meets Jack Sparrow. Fischer Black meets Blackbeard. Adam Smith meets Captain Hook . . . . Peter Leeson claims, 'A pirate ship more closely resembled a Fortune 500 company than the society of savage schoolchildren depicted in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.' And by the end of the book, he had me convinced of it."
Las Vegas Weekly [full review]

"Peter Leeson's The Invisible Hook argues that many of the founding principles of capitalist, liberal democracies are not rooted in the Glorious Revolution or the writing of the Declaration of Independence; but the incentive structures necessary to keep a group of rowdy ocean-bound outlaws working as a team of ruthless sea bandits."
Institute of Public Affairs [full review]

"One of my favorite finds, this is an enjoyable read that discusses the management style, branding, employee recruitment and retention, compensation and incentives and strategic planning of pirates and why these systems were effective."
Sports Business Journal [full review]

"[W]ell-documented and very readable . . . . covers pirates from bow to stern. In addition to some descriptions of high seas navigation, maneuvers and stealth that border on high adventure, Leeson supplies plenty of counterintuitive, even surprising, revelations about pirates . . . . And Leeson explains it all with economics . . . . Bottom line: Peter T. Leeson’s The Invisible Hook is an insightful hoot, and scores a couple of extra points for originality. Economics-minded readers who enjoy historical adventure or relish over-the-top ‘freakonomics’ should get a hearty yo-ho-ho out of this book. Not to mention a 360-degree brain twist before diving into that new Michael Crichton novel."
Seeking Alpha [full review]

"What possible connection could there be between economics and a book on piracy? A lot, it turns out. Peter Leeson explains this seemingly bizarre connection in page after page of his witty new book, The Invisible Hook."
Regulation Magazine [full review]

"Given the flurry of piracy off the Somali coast in 2009, this relatively short narrative could not be timelier. The Invisible Hook, a play on Adam Smith's famous 'invisible hand,' is an engaging, informative look at the economics of piracy and pirates . . . . Hook is a well-researched, well-written, fascinating volume that has something for almost everyone . . . Highly recommended."

"[I]n his myth-busting book, The Invisible Hook, [Peter Leeson] . . . shows how the unseen hand of economic exchange produces social cohesion even among pirates."
Scientific American [full review]

"A brisk, clever new book, “The Invisible Hook,” by Peter T. Leeson, an economist who claims to have owned a pirate skull ring as a child and to have had supply-and-demand curves tattooed on his right biceps when he was seventeen, offers a different approach. Rather than directly challenging pirates’ leftist credentials, Leeson says that their apparent espousal of liberty, equality, and fraternity derived not from idealism but from a desire for profit." 
The New Yorker [full review]

"In the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Jonny Depp makes for a cute actor of piracy. If such a thing be possible at the margin, Peter Leeson is a cute economist of piracy . . . . The book wittly demonstrates that economic theories and principles . . . can illuminate notable historical trends."
Canberra Times 

"[A]n eye-opener . . . . The Invisible Hook is a gripping read that sheds as much light on 21st century economics  . . . as it does on 17th and 18th century piracy."
Ethical Corporation Magazine [full review]

"Peter Leeson . . . has a fondness for pirates that is infectious . . . . a well-researched and entertaining book."
Spectator Business

"Piracy has not been Leeson’s only obsession. The other has been economics. When he was 17 years old he had supply and demand curves tattooed on his right bicep . . . now the professor has brought his two enthusiams together in a wonderful (and wonderfully titled) new book. The Invisible Hook is his study of the hidden economics of piracy."
The Times [full review]

"Peter T. Leeson . . . has given us an engaging twofer of a book. On the one hand we have his guided tour through the grisly business practices of maritime bandit captains . . . who preyed on Atlantic and Caribbean shipping in the golden age of piracy, between 1716 and 1726. On the other hand is Leeson's guidance to the economic underpinnings of this swashbuckling age, in effect a sprightly presentation of some rudiments of Microeconomics 101."
Barnes & Noble [full review]

"[O]ne of the finest introductory courses in economics since Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson . . . . and rock solid in its scholarly bona fides."
Nature [full review]

"[S]cholarly but accessible . . . . Peter Leeson . . . examines the hidden order behind the anarchy of pirates."
The Vancouver Sun [full review]

"Peter Leeson . . . offers a fascinating perspective into the world of Blackbeard, 'Black Bart' Roberts and' 'Calico Jack' Rackham in his highly readable book . . . . [A]n engaging portrait of life on the 'floating societies' that existed under the skull-and-crossbones."
The San Francisco Chronicle [full review]

"Delightful and instructive . . . . The Invisible Hook is both entertaining and educational."
Express Milwaukee [full review ]

"[Leeson offers] not only a thumbnail history of piracy but important insights into the economic way of thinking . . . . fascinating, entertaining, and educational."
The Orange County Register [full review]

"[I]n The Invisible Hook, Peter Leeson deftly explodes piratical myths . . . . [The Invisible Hook] offers many colourful, meticulously researched insights into the behaviour of some of history's most colourful anti-heroes, and it will appeal to anyone with even passing interests in history, politics, sociology and/or economics."
The Times Higher Education [full review]

"In The Invisible Hook . . . Peter T. Leeson digs into the dollars and cents of piracy. He urges us to see pirates as economic actors, their behavior shaped by incentives, just like the rest of us . . . . When Leeson is done guiding you through the pirate world, life on a rogue ship starts to look less like a Carnival cruise with cutlasses and cannons and more like an ongoing condo association meeting at sea . . . . Peter Leeson’s economical actors have an appeal all their own."
Reason Magazine [full review]

"[Leeson's] engaging account is fun to read and full of humor, qualities not often associated with an explanation of economic theory . . . . This reviewer speculates that if more economic texts were written like this one, there would be a glut of economics majors to compensate for the shortage of pirates roaming the Atlantic."
ForeWord Magazine [full review]

"Peter T. Leeson has done his part to dispel the pirate myths by using economic theory to explain pirate behavior and organization in his exemplary new book . . . . Mr. Leeson has produced a fresh perspective on an old topic . . . "The Invisible Hook" is quick-paced but thought-provoking. Based on this work, the reader should look forward to more books by the author."
The Washington Times [full review]

"Leeson says history cannot explain all the piratical paradoxes. Only economics can disentangle the different strands."
The Age

"Leeson's book is  . . . entertaining, instructive, and inspiring . . ."
Trend [full review]

"Leeson hangs the meat of his pirate tale on a sturdy skeleton of economics . . . . The Invisible Hook is a delightful read, thanks to Leeson's engaging writing. He reduces a veritable mountain of facts and history into an entertainingly educational experience."
Barron's [full review]

"Peter Leeson's book is very intriguing--and wickedly clever."
Wonders & Marvels 

"[A] jolly good read . . . . delightful and instructive . . . . "The Invisible Hook" is entertaining and educational, and it's certainly timely . . ."
The Tampa Tribune [full review]

"[A]n engaging and thorough portrait of high seas banditry that goes beyond the pop-culture stereotypes . . ."
Mother Jones [full review

"Economist Leeson leads readers though a surprisingly entertaining crash course in economics in this study of high seas piracy at the turn of the 18th century . . . . Illustrated with salty tales of pirates both famous and infamous, the book rarely bogs down even when explaining intricate economic concepts, making it a great introduction to both pirate history and economic theory."
Publishers Weekly [full review]

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