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

  • Darlene
    Dec 19, 2018
    You can never have too many pirate books (in my opinion), and this one is a valuable addition to my library. It's thoroughly researched and emphasizes piratical activity in North America, highlighting the close relationship (at-times) between government, commerce and pirates. Recommend...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • John P. Davidson
    Oct 27, 2018
    A bit too violent for my taste but informative and engrossing. ...
  • Brett Van Gaasbeek
    Oct 24, 2018
    The book is interesting at times, but drags through some of the parts and makes it very difficult to get into and interested in the subjects. The book tends to focus on minutiae of the pirate culture instead of telling tales of the pirate leaders and their crews in detail. I guess I ex...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Daniel
    Oct 31, 2018
    Fascinating look back at the Pirate era and the reasons for Pirates and how they helped colonies at times economic wise ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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    Sep 27, 2018
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  • 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 ...
  • Deborah J. Nobles
    Jan 18, 2019
    Much drier than I expected. Lots of names, ships and dates. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jonathan Bobb
    Dec 10, 2018
    Very in depth. should have started with ?Under the black flag? first ...
  • 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. ...
  • Rob Hawley
    Oct 15, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Richard
    Dec 15, 2018
    Excellent writing. Very detailed. Learned a lot about this period of American history ...