Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates [NOOK Book]

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For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often ...
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Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

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Overview

For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier. 16 pp. of photos. Maps.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307763075
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/6/2013
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 114,704
  • File size: 8 MB

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    A Book Better than a Woman Scorned for which Fury Hell Hath No

    No piratey collection would be complete without this book. I enjoyed it so much that this book has found its rightful place next to my flintlock pistol, cutlass, and mahogany chest bursting with bits of shiny and other valuable swag. This book is an excellent, informative resource on piracy, offering an in-depth look into the lives of those cutthroat sea-rovers and drivelswiggers who practiced pillaging and plundering. If you're looking for an exciting pirate-themed book full of buried treasure, walking the plank, or pirate maps with an "X" marking the location of a glittering treasure, this book is not for you; however, if you desire an absolutely thrilling read that will suck you into the realm of piracy through hardcore facts and gruesome historical details, this book is a must-have. If you are really into pirates and their history, do yourself a favor and purchase this book. Cut out me tongue and leave me dancin' the hempen jig if I be tellin' a mishap!

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  • Posted October 12, 2009

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    I walked into BN and asked an employee for a book recommendation and they gave me this. I bought the book and for the first few pages thought that I had made a bad choice. After getting into the actual material though, I was stuck. The book is written from the point of view that we have been bombarded with a very romantic and fictional view of pirates in popular culture. David Cordingly attempts to bring our ideas back to earth and does so in singular fashion. He distinguishes between specific pirate "variations" and shows off an enormous amount of research into the movements of actual pirates and buccaneers. With his frequent use of humor and surprisingly lighthearted (for the subject matter) stories, the author has produced a work that will appeal to the casual reader as well as the serious scholar.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

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    The Pirate's Life

    A well-researched account of piracy and its impact on popular culture, it's fairly obvious that this book was written almost 15 years ago. At the same time, it's stunning to realize that, of all the depictions of pirates in modern culture, Disney (or Jerry Bruckheimer and co) actually got it more right than wrong. While I was disappointed that women's voices were barely heard (as pirates) or were dismissed (as victims), and the afterward was ridiculously misogynistic, I still enjoyed learning how pirates actually behaved and survived during their height. I would especially love an updated afterward that reflects that, just like terrorists of today, the pirates were products of desperate times and unfair systems, and reflect the current rise in piracy in the global climate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    More like a term paper than a vacation read...

    I love pirates and the fascinating stories that surround them, and Cordingly delivers a lot of interesting facts and alternate views, mostly about the buccaneers of the Caribbean. But he missed a chance to deliver it in an interesting way. The book is organized like a term paper, with chapters organized to deliver the facts he had gathered. Only the bravest non-pirate temperaments will make it to the end of this sometimes tedious plank!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    Very Well Written

    This book was a excellent source of information on pirates and what really happened on board the ships. Very graphic and gruesome, not romanticized at all in that respect. It was not written for 'entertainment'! I am reading quite a few books on the subject right now, and it is the book I refer to for in depth explainations. Outstanding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    not what I expected either

    The book was definately not what I expected either. But all in all I still think that it was a good book. Just hard to follow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2007

    Not what I had expected...

    I was expecting the author to present the material in a more entertaining way however, this book read more like a history book and was very difficult to finish.

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    More academia than adventure

    The depth and breadth of research and detail in this book is phenomenal. However, the author never gets into a steady story and I found it generally difficult to read more than one or two chapters in one sitting. The book would make an excellent textbook or reference guide, but generally fails to entertain. If you like your Disney-fied images of pirates with parrots, peg-legs, and planks, stay away from this book. But if you really want to know what life on the high seas was like for these men (and women!), I doubt that any book is better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    An informative read

    Under the black flag clears away a lot of the myth and legends of pirates while telling you were they came from and giving you the real story. Bravo!

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