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 ...

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Overview

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.

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* "...the fearsome role model for a new breed of screen pirates..." (The Scotsman, July 2006)

"...real pirate of the Caribbean..." (The Daily Mirror, July 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471758853
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/5/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 755,915
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.43 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
A Date with History     xiii
The Pirate Apprentice     1
A Pirate's Life     33
The Scourge of the Caribbean     61
Mixing with the Wrong Crowd     93
The Devil Off Charles Town     123
A Cutthroat Business     153
The Lord of the Outer Banks     181
Trouble in the Colonies     209
The Last Battle     239
The Blackbeard Legacy     267
Notes     295
Selected Bibliography     308
Index     311
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Fascinating

    Not just a biography, but a superb and well-written insight into piracy at its height

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2006

    WOW!

    This book was great! At first I was a little skeptical, as biographys wern't my thing. But then I started to read it, and fell in love. Try it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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