The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world.
In the early 18th century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates - former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves - this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires. And for a brief, glorious period, the Republic was a success.
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If this is a true reflection of the pirates, there dreams of romance and treasure were only a dream for most. The hardship and reality was almost that of nightmares. The value of life was less than cheap and very much was dependent of the colour of your skin and who you were born to. An impossible combination for many souls.
"Reads like a novel"
If you're into pirates, you're going to love this book. It follows the lives of several of the most notorious pirates in a narrative fashion that's engaging and exciting to follow.
"Audible is better"
I bought this book over 5 years ago and read half of it. The book is filled with so much information that's it's difficult to keep interested while reading, but the audible version is like having your very own personal story teller. The information, when being read to, seem to sink in a lot more, opposed to reading it myself. Over all, this book really captures the true nature of our maritime history and the propaganda that was created to end the golden era of the Pirates.
if love history, pirates or both then this is the book for you. great info and we'll narrated
"History that reads like fiction"
This is in my top 3 of pirate history books. Very compelling and well written.
Henry Avery. His story was fascinating and it would seem he did what he thought was the right thing at the time.
He is a very capable narrator. Clear diction, and no mouth or breath noises.
Getting to know the pirates on a more personal basis than what History class taught;
Edward Teach (Blackbeard) was truly diabolical.
"Raise the Black Flag!"
I am not too familiar with this time frame but it seems like the author did some great research. He also put it into a story style narrative that was very engaging. The pirates were an amazing part of history and how they dominated the seas for a decade is absolutely astounding. Highly Recommended!!!
"More Information than I expected"
Not sure if I will listen to the book over and over. I read it because I was interested in the subject. It did a good job of covering the topic and increasing my knowledge.
The pirates themselves and the way they thought were my favorite characters.
This is a history so I did not have a favorite scene.
My reaction to the book was one of interest. Governments cared and then they did not care at all about the pirates and there territories. They used pirates as they wished. They commissioned them and they hanged them. It was a risky business to be a leader of a pirate band. Communication was very slow and because of this it helped and hurt the pirates and the colonial leaders in the area.
Colin Woodard really studied the subject well. It is the best book I have read on the subject and I have read several. Lewis Grenville did a very good job of presenting the book. I am just glad I was not born during that time.
"Enjoyable for fans of the golden age of pirates"
Slow at times, bogged down by too much detail, the book is still a lot of fun to listen to. If one wants to know more about the golden age, it is a wealth of information, and told as the story of Black Sam Bellemy, Blackbeard, Benjamin Hornigold, Charles Vane, Anne Bonney, and Woods Rogers as well as a few others. Well worth a listen.
"Interesting and Well Researched"
Depth of information and research was impressive.
Not a one sitting book. That being said, it kept my attention throughout and it seemed like a shorter amount of time than the actual length given.
I learned a few things from this book. Some pirate history is more apocryphal than true.
This book lays out the reasons pirates existed and gives a good historical perspective of what was going on at the time in both Europe and the new world.
Recommended if you like pirates and history.
"Some Incredible Stories, Told A Bit Too Rigidly"
Some incredible stories of piracy and pirate-hunting within, but falls into that nonfiction trap of over-explaining certain aspects in obsessive detail, sometimes sabotaging its own inherently interesting subject matter. This book made me appreciate Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag a lot more, which features many of the same historical characters- I'd recommend playing through that one as you read this. Great audible narrator. [AUDIBLE]
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