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 — when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them.
Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates' manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop and evangelist Cotton Mather.
Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.
Well grounded, non-romanticized portrayal.
Excellent book grounded in the sociopolitical circumstances of the era. A fresh look at the historical period and age of piracy in the colonial context without the romanticized portrayal.
Exciting? No, did they miss the mark?
Yes… for a book that concentrated mostly on colonial dealings with piracy, he certainly focused on Pirates that looted and robbed in the Caribbean and Africa. And skipped completely the Pirates that had bases in the Gulf. I was hoping they would get to the Laffite Bros and others. But I guess that wasn’t colonial enough. It’s an Okay book about pirates, it doesn’t break any new ground and felt a bit disjointed… like this review.
Spoken like a 10th grade history class
Very interesting book in itself. Fascinating history but I keep turning it off because I can’t focus on the narrator. Monotonous and under delivered. Just read it instead