Under the Black Flag
The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
ISBN10: 0156005492 ISBN13: 9780156005494 Publisher: Mariner Books Published: Sep 1 1997 Pages: 296 Weight: 1.10lbs. Height: 9.50" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
"This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read." -- Patrick O'Brian
Pirates are so much a part of legend that it is easy to forget they actually existed. UNDER THE BLACK FLAG tells their story in a rollicking account of the golden age of piracy that is packed with history, anecdote, and above all adventure. Here are the true stories of such bloodthirsty legends as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, and the fearsome Mary Read. And here are rousing descriptions of what ships pirates sailed, what punishments they exacted, what they really wore, and how they flourished--or perished. From the smoky havoc of shipboard battle to the loneliness of a fugitive's life at sea, this spellbinding narrative vividly brings the brutal world of pirates to life.