Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate

Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate

by Angus Konstam

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471758853
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/05/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 906,404
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.11(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


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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"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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