"Talty's vigorous history of seventeenth-century pirates of the Caribbean will sate even fickle Jack Sparrow fans. . . . A pleasure to read from bow to stern."
"A swashbuckling adventure . . . [the] characters leap to life."
--"New York Times" Book Review
"A ripping yarn, worthy of its gaudy subject."
--"Dallas Morning News"
"A sparkling and engrossing adventure narrative."
"Fresh insight into pirates' dens of old . . . Well-researched nonﬁction that reads like a novel."
"Swashbuckling history at its bloody, blood-soaked best, and a mirror to our own times."
--Tom Reiss, author of "The Orientalist"
"Morgan proves an irresistible hero. A thrilling and fascinating adventure."
--Caroline Alexander, author of "The Endurance" and "The Bounty
""Rollicking . . . with style and energy Talty tells a tale of boundless wickedness."
--William M. Fowler, author of "Empires at War"
Reeking of authentic blood and thunder, and as richly detailed as a work of fiction, "Empire of Blue Water" dramatically evokes the rough-and-tumble age when pirates owned the seas. In Stephan Talty's hands, the brilliant Captain Morgan, wicked and cutthroat though he was, proves an irresistible hero. A thrilling and fascinating adventure."
--Caroline Alexander, author of "The Endurance and The Bounty"
"Stephan Talty's new book serves up swashbuckling history at its briny, blood-soaked best, with enough violence and passion to keep the pages flying by. But it's not only blood and swash: "Empire of Blue Water" is also a mirror to our own times, showing that attempting globalization against a backdrop of the clash of civilizations is nothing new, and that religious violence is often a thinly veiled cover for greed and personal ambition. Talty's portrait of the legendary privateer Henry Morgan is a marvelous study in contradictions--a man of asshow more