"Thoroughly engrossing. . . .a spirited, suspenseful, economically told tale whose significance is manifest and whose pace never flags." â€”Wall Street Journal
The New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Map and How We Got to Now returns with the story of a pirate who changed the world
Henry Every was the seventeenth centuryâ€™s most notorious pirate. The press published wildly popularâ€”and wildly inaccurateâ€”reports of his nefarious adventures. The British government offered enormous bounties for his capture, alive or (preferably) dead. But Steven Johnson argues that Everyâ€™s most lasting legacy was his inadvertent triggering of a major shift in the global economy. Enemy of All Mankind focuses on one key eventâ€”the attack on an Indian treasure ship by Every and his crewâ€”and its surprising repercussions across time and space. Itâ€™s the gripping tale one of the most lucrative crimes in history, the first international manhunt, and the trial of the seventeenth century.
Johnson uses the extraordinary story of Henry Every and his crimes to explore the emergence of the East India Company, the British Empire, and the modern global marketplace: a densely interconnected planet ruled by nations and corporations. How did this unlikely pirate and his notorious crime end up playing a key role in the birth of multinational capitalism? In the same mode as Johnsonâ€™s classic non-fiction historical thriller The Ghost Map, Enemy of All Mankind deftly traces the path from a single struck match to a global conflagration.