A Pirate of Exquisite Mind: Explorer, Naturalist and Buccaneer: The Life of William Dampier by Diana and Michael Preston
I had never heard of William Dampier until I read this biography. This brilliant self-taught naturalist circumnavigated the globe in the 1600s several times, was the first Englishman to describe Australia and the effects of marijuana and was one of the first people to understand how the ocean current work, among other amazing accomplishments. And he did this while serving aboard pirate ships as a buccaneer. This is a book about a truly amazing man who lead a truly amazing life.