With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters vividly reanimates the Golden Age of piracy in the Americas.Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracys Golden Agespanning the late 1600s through the early 1700swhen lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Best-selling 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, evangelist Cotton M...
|Title||:||Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates|
|Number of Pages||:||416 pages|
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Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates Reviews
Pirates are so interesting. They are a fairly consistent part of pop culture, every kid is familiar with at least one pirate, fiction or otherwise. This book did a good job of diving in on the history of pirates as related to America. A lot of time is spent on the men, ships, and routes based out of or in other ways interacting heavily with the colonies. I thought it was neat to learn about that relationship, how pirates were basically on friendly terms with the colonies for so long, how they he ...more
Fascinating look back at the Pirate era and the reasons for Pirates and how they helped colonies at times economic wise
Much drier than I expected. Lots of names, ships and dates.
“Swashbucklers along the Colonial American Coast”
This non-fiction book proves a pleasure to read, as it plows its way between the murky waters of pirate lore and seaweed swells of documented facts. Dolin presents a chronological history of piracy mainly in the Caribbean but also around Madagascar. You will sympathize with the Crown’s never-ending battle against privateers-turned-pirates (or perhaps not…), be scandalized by the brutality of many pirate captains, and vacillate with the colonists ...more
For five decades encompassing the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, pirates played an integral role in colonial history and life. Initially, they were welcomed, but as the years passed, what was once profitable coexistence became a dogged determination to eradicate these sea marauders.
Black Flags, Blue Waters presents the “celebrities” of this “golden age” of piracy with a narrowly focused lens. Most comparable volumes look at this historical period in a broad manner that encompas ...more
It's a good compliment to other books on pirates as this one covers a wide variety of pirates during the golden age, but doesn't just focus on those who operated out of Nassau.
Extremely well-researched and informative, this work could be used as a textbook on the subject.
As entertainment, the book falls short, meandering on, slowly dripping trails of facts, with the feel of a never-ending reading assignment.
If you've got a drop of salt water in your veins or a thing for Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow, you should read Eric Jay Dolin's new book, Black Flags, Blue Waters. There's just something about pirates that seems so romantic and mysterious--although the more I read about them, the more I realize how bloodthirsty and greedy they became, after initially being welcomed to the North American colonies. Dolin also debunked some myths I'd heard (nobody walked the plank or buried treasure on Gardiner ...more