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Scamps and Scoundrels
Scamps & Scoundrels is a book about just that- Scamps and Scoundrels: True stories of Maritime Lives and Legends by Bob Kroll. They run amok in this book and the book details their hard lives.
The book chronicles more than a hundred lives from the 1700s to the 1900s. Rumrunners, prostitutes, criminals, and corrupt political figures fill the pages with their daring, mischievous and shocking deeds.
I enjoyed reading this energetic book and I was often amazed by the dark acts of murder, robbery, and treachery these people who really lived back then and were as hardened as their worlds. Life wasn’t easy back then. It is reflected in the things they did. They grab you at the book’s beginning and don’t let you go until you feel you are nearly as tarred and feathered as their victims. They hung in the gallows, jumped ship, committed horrendous murders or saved lives from fires. But whatever they did, they will live on long after you close the book.
Bob Kroll’s research shows. He has also written another book called Rogues and Rascals. Scamps & Scoundrels is imaginative, lively, and to me, a raw and honest account of people trying to survive in a harsh world. Liquor flowed like an ocean and fist fights were a plenty. The magistrates and courts had their hands full.
Bob Kroll has been a journalist for over 30 years. The book is published by Nimbus Publishing and is 248 pages in length. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did. Halifax was similar to the pirate port in Pirates of the Caribbean movies- Tortuga.
Blessed Be, Lady Spiderwitch )O(
If you are curious to learn more, I have included links to buy the book below: