Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate

Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate

by Angus Konstam

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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."

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470128213
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/27/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 525,321
Product dimensions: 6.35(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.85(d)

About 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



A Date with History.

1 The Pirate Apprentice.

2 A Pirate’s Life.

3 The Scourge of the Caribbean.

4 Mixing with the Wrong Crowd.

5 The Devil Off Charles Town.

6 A Cutthroat Business.

7 The Lord of the Outer Banks.

8 Trouble in the Colonies.

9 The Last Battle.

10 The Blackbeard Legacy.


Selected Bibliography.


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"Angus Konstam successfully combines a vivid account of a famous pirate with a richly detailed survey of his turbulent and brutal world."
—David Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag: The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates

"Angus Konstam's Blackbeard is more than the story of one pirate, much more. Konstam paints a wide canvas of Blackbeard and his life and times, of the whole sordid and frightening world of piracy. With writing that is at once elegant and accessible, he explores the rise of the 'Golden Age' of piracy, illustrating how simple merchant sailors and privateersmen could be drawn into the most bloody profession of all, and become enemies of the world. Using the pirate Blackbeard as a starting point, Konstam gives the reader a broad understanding of the world of 17th century piracy, from the lives of the men who sailed under the black flag to those who tried to stop them. Blackbeard is a great read - informed, scholarly, thorough, accurate and fun."
—James L. Nelson, author of the Brethren of the Coast Trilogy and Benedict Arnold's Navy

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