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Rationality, Pirates, and The Law: A Retrospective

  title={Rationality, Pirates, and The Law: A Retrospective},
  author={Peter T. Leeson},
  journal={The American University law review},
  • P. Leeson
  • Published 28 July 2010
  • History, Law
  • The American University law review
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