Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate
"A thorough, exciting examination of 18th-century pirate life,with wonderful details."
"Interesting and exciting . . . a thoroughly enjoyable chronicle of an interesting life and interesting era."
The definitive biography of history'smost fearsome and famous pirate
Of all the colorful cutthroats who scoured the seas in search of plunder during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early eighteenth century, none was more ferocious or notorious than Blackbeard. As unforgettable as his savage career was, much of Blackbeard's life has been shrouded in mystery--until now.
Drawing on vivid descriptions of Blackbeard's attacks from his rare surviving victims, pirate expert Angus Konstam traces Blackbeard's career from its beginnings to his final defeat in a tremendous sea battle near his base at Ocracoke Island. Presenting dramatic accounts of the pirate's very effective tactics and his reputation for cruelty, Konstam offers a fascinating examination of the life and business of piracy and the lure of this brutal and bloody trade.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - JBD1 - LibraryThing
Konstam's biographical treatment of Blackbeard is, for the most part, very well done, using the famed pirate as a good exemplar to cover Atlantic pirate culture and its leaders during the first ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - moonfish - LibraryThing
Overall I would say that this book is worth reading because there is a lot of info on the way the pirate community worked, both within and outside. I was somewhat disappointed because the author did ... Read full review