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Blackbeard : America's Most Notorious Pirate

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"A thorough, exciting examination of 18th-century pirate life, with wonderful details." --Publishers Weekly "Interesting and exciting . . . a thoroughly enjoyable chronicle of an interesting life and interesting era." --Booklist 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 144.8 x 226.1 x 27.9mm | 430.92g
  • Turner Publishing Company
  • John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Chichester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0470128216
  • 9780470128213
  • 615,241

About Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam has written several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates. A former naval officer and museum professional, he is an expert on weapons, shipwrecks, and piracy who has advised several underwater archaeological groups (including the team working on Blackbeard's sunken flagship). He is the author of the forthcoming Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship.show more

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"A thorough, exciting examination of 18th-century pirate life, with wonderful details."--Publishers Weekly"Interesting and exciting . . . a thoroughly enjoyable chronicle of an interesting life and interesting era."--BooklistThe definitive biography of history'smost fearsome and famous pirateOf 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.show more

Table of contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. A Date with History. 1 The Pirate Apprentice. 2 A Pirate's Life. 3 The Scourge of the Caribbean. 4 Mixing with the Wrong Crowd. 5 The Devil Off Charles Town. 6 A Cutthroat Business. 7 The Lord of the Outer Banks. 8 Trouble in the Colonies. 9 The Last Battle. 10 The Blackbeard Legacy. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index.show more

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