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

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Paul Brion

10 Hours 30 Minutes

HighBridge Company

October 2018

Audio Book Summary

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. Bestselling 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.

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  • Christopher K.

    Excellent content. Narrator a little dry.

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  • Shane S.

    Amazing book loved it all

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  • Kathleen L.

    Interesting historical account of pirates. A little plodding but still worth a read if you really like pirates.

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  • Anonymous

    Good read about the "golden age" of piracy. The narrator was a bit dull.

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  • Mark Trevithick

    "Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates" is an amazing book. The lives of the various pirates, their crews, and often the illegal interactions with local businesses is far from the tales and movies we've heard and watched. The character of the various pirates run the gamut from relatively benign if that's possible to murderous villains'. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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  • Michael C.

    Interesting historical account of pirates, a little repetitive.

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  • Michael K.

    Great listen! Very informative and entertaining! I highly recommend this audiobook if you are interested in pirates

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  • Michael F.

    This is a great read if you like piracy and history. Very well written and keeps you wanting more

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  • Kenneth A.

    Great historical account of pirates. A great listen.

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  • Anonymous

    If I thought I loved pirates before, I didn't love them right.

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