Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

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Harcourt Brace, 1997 - Science - 296 pages
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"This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read." -- Patrick O'Brian

Pirates are so much a part of legend that it is easy to forget they actually existed. UNDER THE BLACK FLAG tells their story in a rollicking account of the golden age of piracy that is packed with history, anecdote, and above all adventure. Here are the true stories of such bloodthirsty legends as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, and the fearsome Mary Read. And here are rousing descriptions of what ships pirates sailed, what punishments they exacted, what they really wore, and how they flourished--or perished. From the smoky havoc of shipboard battle to the loneliness of a fugitive's life at sea, this spellbinding narrative vividly brings the brutal world of pirates to life.

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I was expecting more storytelling. - Goodreads
Interesting topic but the writing was dull. - Goodreads
It's well written, it's easy to read and ejoy it. - Goodreads
Well-researched, full of surprises, and comprehensive. - Goodreads
This was a great overview of pirates; how they lived. - Goodreads
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Interesting, but a bit repetitive at the end.

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This is a well researched book that explores the historical story of pirate life. It was a brutal life with occasional bouts of action and wealth. Most pirates did not retire to a life of peace. The ... Read full review


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About the author (1997)

David Cordingly was for twelve years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford. He lives with his wife and family in Sussex, England.

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