Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters vividly reanimates the ?Golden Age? of piracy in the Americas. Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy?s ?Golden Age??spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s? With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue ...

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Title:Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
Author:Eric Jay Dolin
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Genres:History
ISBN:1631492101
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates Reviews

  • Socraticgadfly
    Mar 23, 2019
    A good basic-level demythologized history of pirates and piracy in colonial America and the Caribbean, with occasional references beyond, to India-area piracy. If you approach this as a basic-level book, and not massive bios of individual pirates, and as being very strong in its dem...
  • Kenneth
    Oct 15, 2018
    I picked this up as a light read between two weightier tomes and it was what I wanted. The book focuses on pirates from or who plied their trade in what would become the United States. It's a good narrative history and some of the tales are very memorable. It's not a deep dive, it's no...
  • Josh Liller
    Oct 06, 2018
    I picked this up because I quite enjoyed two of the author's previous works, Brilliant Beacons and Leviathan. I'm not a pirate "fan" but I do find the subject somewhat interesting. BFBW takes some unusual directions. First, it focuses on the Golden Age of Piracy, but Dolin includes ...
  • Carolyn Davis
    Sep 14, 2018
    Eric Jay Dolin writes entertainingly about many seafaring topics, even unsavory ones, in this case, piracy.. A specialist in ocean life, he also writes about the history of lighthouses, and the questionable joys and misadventures of pursuing PhD. studies. His books are to print what Ke...
  • Patrick SG
    Dec 10, 2018
    An interesting and complete account of piracy related to English America and those based there. The focus is on English in this case, with emphasis on the 13 original colonies. With that in mind, the story does cover piracy around the world if connected to English America. Its emphasis...
  • Carlos
    Mar 19, 2019
    Wow, this was my first nonfiction book in a while. And of course, it had to be about pirates. This book deals with the reality of pirates and their effect on shipping around the Americas during the early colonial age. It explains how and why piracy rose and how and why it declined rela...
  • David Bales
    Nov 21, 2018
    Enshrined in popular mythology as admirable scamps, (mostly by the imagery in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island") pirates--or privateers, if you prefer--were, for lack of a better word, criminals on the high seas. Ordinary trade, commerce and law was thrown overboard as pirates...
  • Patrick
    Feb 21, 2019
    This is an informative and entertaining read, marred only by a few unintentionally comical attempts to reassure readers that racism and sexism among pirates does not (of course) comport with contemporary attitudes. Dolin also points out that while most pirate captains served at the ple...
  • George
    Sep 28, 2018
    I loved this book. A detailed, well researched and compelling account of the golden age of piracy, through it's eventual decline. Other pirate books have focused on the exploits of the pirates, or on individual pirates and their careers, or on pirate "society", this book was different ...
  • Lynn Coulter
    Sep 13, 2018
    If you've got a drop of salt water in your veins or a thing for Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow, you should read Eric Jay Dolin's new book, Black Flags, Blue Waters. There's just something about pirates that seems so romantic and mysterious--although the more I read about them, the m...
  • Dennis Hogan
    Feb 28, 2019
    Just finished a work of non-fiction, Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America?s Most Notorious Pirates by Eric Jay Dolin. I was surprised to learn that pirates were surprisingly popular in the American colonies in the 17th century. Pirates supplied a lot of hard to get i...
  • Urey Patrick
    Nov 29, 2018
    Interesting... but tedious in large part. I suppose that is a feat in itself, making a history of pirates an exercise in tedium, but as it turnout, that is more historically accurate than the swashbuckling tales of violence and derring-do. There were buckles swashed, and daring deeds d...
  • Robert
    Dec 18, 2018
    This is a refreshingly realistic history of pirates in the American colonies. Dolin describes the path that each featured Pirate took from innocence to treachery, riches to ruin. Embraced by some early colonists many walked a thin line between privateering and pirating. Dolin finishes ...
  • Nikki
    Dec 13, 2018
    Pirates are so interesting. They are a fairly consistent part of pop culture, every kid is familiar with at least one pirate, fiction or otherwise. This book did a good job of diving in on the history of pirates as related to America. A lot of time is spent on the men, ships, and route...
  • Gale
    Nov 29, 2018
    ?Swashbucklers along the Colonial American Coast? This non-fiction book proves a pleasure to read, as it plows its way between the murky waters of pirate lore and seaweed swells of documented facts. Dolin presents a chronological history of piracy mainly in the Caribbean but a...
  • Charlie
    Feb 21, 2019
    The unique focus on the North American colonies was interesting. The book goes into great detail about the political and economic factors that made the Golden Age pirates so successful in evading the law and the records of trials and corrupt politicians made for intriguing reading. I a...
  • Woflmao
    Jan 06, 2019
    This is an easy to read account of the history of pirates based in the Carribean and North America. Well-suited for anyone interested in getting a first introduction to the subject. The structure of the book is chronological, where the main narrative follows the tales of particular pir...
  • Xzs
    Jan 09, 2019
    I purchased the book at a reading by the author. I attended the event with several family members, so it was an enjoyable and memorable evening, although none of us was riveted during the presentation. Nonetheless it was evident that the author is an intelligent individual so I was loo...
  • Chris Laimit
    Feb 08, 2019
    Read this book if you want the truth about pirates in our history. While Hollywood charms us with wild tales about pirates, they miss the truth while telling their tale! You may be surprised as I was while learning the truth about pirates. Mr. Dolin weaves the history of pirates with a...
  • Gerard Villegas
    Sep 26, 2018
    A great history of the more well-known figures of piracy like Captain Morgan and Blackbeard. The book details the race for exploration between Spain and England and how each was affected by both political and economic motivations. Though it touches upon its application to modern day pi...
  • Christopher Klein
    Sep 19, 2018
    Eric Jay Dolin writes a rollicking history of the "Golden Age" of American piracy. "Black Flags, Blue Waters" is not only heavily researched, but extremely readable. Much of what I thought I knew about pirates hadn't progressed much beyond the romanticized tales of buried treasure and ...
  • Cindy Vallar
    Sep 17, 2018
    For five decades encompassing the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, pirates played an integral role in colonial history and life. Initially, they were welcomed, but as the years passed, what was once profitable coexistence became a dogged determination to eradicate these...
  • Richard West
    Apr 06, 2019
    The actual book is 312 pages, the remaining 67 are Acknowledgements, footnotes, Sources, and an Index, most of which nobody reads. For years I had been looking for a recently published book on those denizens of the high seas, the pirates who - when we were kids, always seemed to be ...
  • A Noel
    Feb 18, 2019
    Black Flags, Blue Waters is historical non-fiction with the readability of a historical novel. Focused on a sixty year period of piracy in the Americas, and American pirate activity in other parts of the world, it introduces the reasons why pirates were welcomed in some parts of the Am...
  • William Barney
    Jan 06, 2019
    ?Black Flags, Blue Waters? is an equally amazing addition to the Eric Jay Dolin canon of historical non-fiction books! This title focuses on the history of Piracy in the American colonies. Many of the pirates showcased in this book have interesting stories that will surprise many r...
  • Ti.Me
    Sep 25, 2018
    Extremely well-researched and informative, this work could be used as a textbook on the subject. As entertainment, the book falls short, meandering on, slowly dripping trails of facts, with the feel of a never-ending reading assignment. ...
  • Jdimona
    Oct 27, 2018
    This is a terrific book- engagingly written and tells the story of an important period of history of the colonies that became the United States, as seen through the lens of global piracy on the colonial coasts and the high seas. Dolin has meticulously researched this and presents a ver...
  • Matt Nolan
    Jan 28, 2019
    It's a good compliment to other books on pirates as this one covers a wide variety of pirates during the golden age, but doesn't just focus on those who operated out of Nassau. ...
  • Northumberland
    Sep 27, 2018
    With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters vividly reanimates the ?Golden Age? of piracy in the Americas. ...
  • Andrew Singer
    Jan 08, 2019
    Eric Jay Dolin has done it again. He has brought to life a piece of our history in a unique, engaging, and learned way. I have read my fair share about pirates and the history of America. This being said, I had no idea the significance of piracy as an American issue. I had always thoug...