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  • Black Flags, Blue Waters

  • The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
  • By: Eric Jay Dolin
  • Narrated by: Paul Brion
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Black Flags, Blue Waters

By: Eric Jay Dolin
Narrated by: Paul Brion
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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. 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.

©2018 Eric Jay Dolin (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Piracy at its finest

Having had little knowledge of pirates prior this provided a good insight into some of histories most famous pirates, their exploits and the men and forces that brought them down across America.

Will next be looking at the Caribbean and the republic of pirates as suggested in the final chapter. Great listen!

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very informative

good listening and narrative, covered a wide range of areas and information
good value for money.

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Not bad

I really enjoyed the book, however I found the narration to be uninspiring. The narrator reads as though he finds the subject to be utterly uninteresting.

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Are most American narrators rubbish? STAY AWAY

Paul Brion took this interesting book, ruined it with a poor performance. Gave up after the Captain Kydd chapter, please choose better next time.
Ps the black dahlia was ruined by a lousy performance , but to be honest it wasnt as shite as this one.

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