Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

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Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy's "Golden Age"-spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s-when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates' manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop and evangelist Cotton Mather. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

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ISBN-13: 9781684413843
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 506,459
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of Leviathan, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe; Fur, Fortune, and Empire; and When America First Met China. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

Paul Brion has a passion for storytelling. He believes that audiobooks-our most current form of the oral tradition-are the purest of the interactive and co-creative arts. An autodidact with eclectic interests, he enjoys learning about a wide variety of subjects, as he has an avaricious hunger for knowledge.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xv

Introduction xix

1 Small Beginnings 1

2 Welcomed with Open Arms 30

3 "Where the Money was as Plenty as Stones and Sand" 48

4 Crackdown 70

5 War's Reprieve 121

6 Interlude, or a Pirate Classification 144

7 Treasure and the Tempest 175

8 The Gentleman Pirate and Blackbeard 202

9 Fading Away 259

Epilogue: "Yo-Ho-Ho, and a Bottle of Rum!" 302

Acknowledgments 313

Notes 317

Select Bibliography 363

Illustration Credits 367

Index 371

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