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Blackbeard's extraordinary life of excess during the Golden Age of Piracy ignited a reputation that struck terror into men's hearts from Virginia to Barbados. Leading a flotilla of ships through the clear waters of the Indies, he left in his wake the image of a "ranting, roaring, swaggering, swearing" sea captain that is still remembered today. Blackbeard's life on the high seas, chasing wealth, freedom, and power, ended in a bloody battle that ultimately marked a turning point in history. This book accompanies a multimillion-dollar BBC-National Geographic drama that explores the reality of the man behind the beard. Far from the caricature of films and novels, Blackbeard was a complex character who was as charming as he was ruthless. The atrocities he indulged in, and how they eventually proved to be his undoing, are here explored through a fresh appraisal of surviving contemporary documents. Today, we might associate pirates with peg-legs, parrots and dreamy tropical islands, but the disturbing truth is the stuff of nightmares.
Posted August 16, 2010
AS A WRITER MYSELF, I HAVE READ A LOT OF BOOKS AND DOCUMENTS ON THE FAMOUS PIRATE BLACKBEARD. THIS IS THE ONLY BOOK WHO GIVES INFORMATION NEVER FOUND IN OTHER BOOKS ON THE SUBJECT, EVEN GIVING THE FONTS, WHICH SOMETIMES ARE ALWAYS THE SAME, BUT THERE ARE REFERENCES TO NEWSPAPERS AND DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN OF GREAT HELP TO MY RESERACHES. ALSO THE INSERT ON OTHER MATTERS OF THE CENTURY, LIKE THE SLAVE TRAFFIC OR THE DISEASES ON BOARD ARE INTRIGUING AND MAKE THE LECTURE EVEN MORE INTERESTING.