Under the Black Flag: The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates

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"This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read."—Patrick O'Brian

Pirates are so much a part of legend that it is easy to forget they actually existed. UNDER THE BLACK FLAG tells their story in a rollicking account of the golden age of piracy that is packed with history, anecdote, and above all adventure. Here are the true stories of such bloodthirsty legends as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, and the fearsome Mary Read. And here are rousing ...

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Overview

"This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read."—Patrick O'Brian

Pirates are so much a part of legend that it is easy to forget they actually existed. UNDER THE BLACK FLAG tells their story in a rollicking account of the golden age of piracy that is packed with history, anecdote, and above all adventure. Here are the true stories of such bloodthirsty legends as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, and the fearsome Mary Read. And here are rousing descriptions of what ships pirates sailed, what punishments they exacted, what they really wore, and how they flourished—or perished. From the smoky havoc of shipboard battle to the loneliness of a fugitive's life at sea, this spellbinding narrative vividly brings the brutal world of pirates to life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780156005494
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cordingly is the world's foremost expert on pirates. For many years the curator and head of exhibitions at the famed National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, he has written several acclaimed books on the subject of pirates. He lives by the sea in Sussex.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2006

    I read this in Jamacia

    This was a very informative book. I loved it .So much so I read Treasure Island . Because of the referances in this book .Very enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2004

    What ever happened to..........

    I found Cordingly's book to be a great read, although some things are repeated too often making the chronology a bit hard to follow. I will most definitely keep this book for reference for it certainly does offer a great deal of knowledge and helps to dispel much of the 'romance' of piracy. I have studied pirates and such as a hobby for years and I was rather disappointed in the 'who's who' of Cordingly book. After all, having been raised in Texas, on the Gulf Coast, my question is....'What happened to Jean Lafite'? He was one of the most notable pirates of his time and I've even combed Galveston Island to still find old musket balls and such. I'm just left to wonder why he would be overlooked by an author who claims to have knowledge of all the pirates of the day. But, no matter, it's truly worth your time to read if you are interested in the life of the 'swashbucklers'!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2004

    A Good Survey of Piracy

    This book is a good primer for anyone interested in piracy, but its focus is limited - Cordingly seems to love the European pirates who prowled the Americas during what was known as the Golden Age of Piracy, and neglects to tell the stories of some of the more famous pirates of the eastern hemisphere. His vignettes are enjoyable, but leave out great historical depth, and Cordingly tends to focus on already famous faces. A good book for the amateur interested in piracy, but if you want to go in-depth, this isn't the best book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    One of the best pirate books EVER!!!

    I loved this book. I thought that it was the greatest. I would deffinitely reccomend David's righting to everyone who is interested in pirates. He is so great at what he does!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Cordingly Writes Another Great Book

    David Cordingly does his best in every one of his books to inform his reader on the subject as much as possible; this book is no different. I bought the book to do a book report on it because my professor left the selection open to whatever we found interesting. Since then, I have lent it out to numerous people, all satisfied upon finishing it. This book will more then keep your fancy, it will make you want to give up school, your job, your life, and roam the seas in an old wooden sailing vessel, looting, drinking, and living life to the fullest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    A Must Read !!!

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked how everything was seperated into chapters so you were able to get a good amount of info about a particular pirate event or pirate. It left me wanting to know more with all the great info that they did tell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2003

    Great reference source

    My mom bought me Under the Black Flag after we saw Pirates of the Caribbean this summer. I've still got two chapters left, but I was delighted to find that in many cases the lives of real pirates were even more interesting than many of Hollywood's fictional stories. Easy reading; a great conversation book - everyone who sees me reading it asks to hear a good pirate story! Fun to relate to them!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2003

    A Must Read for Every PIRATOLOGIST!!!

    David Cordingsly is the world's number 1 expert PIRATOLOGIST. He is a graduate of Oxford with a degree in Modern History and for years was on the staff of the National Maritime Museum, London. Need I say more about the author's credentials? He has published at least 4 or 5 very interesting and well-written books about pirates. I highly recommend UNDER THE BLACK FLAG which should be on every school library shelf. And I also recommend a much more thorough book about piracy edited by David Cordingsly: PIRATES; TERROR ON THE HIGH SEAS FROM THE CARIBBEAN TO THE SOUTH CHINA SEA. That book takes piracy from the beginning of history up to the present and includes many colorful photos of pirates and pirate artifacts. It also includes information about pirates we hear little about--the pirates of the far East and the Algerian pirates. David Cordingsly's books are fascinating for anyone, even those who have a luke-warm interest in piracy.

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