Henry Morgan, a 20-year-old Welshman, crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Over the next three decades, his exploits in the Caribbean in the service of the British became legendary. His daring attacks on the mighty Spanish empire on land and at sea determined the fates of kings and queens, and his victories helped shape the destiny of the New World.
Morgan gathered disaffected European sailors and soldiers, hard-bitten adventurers, runaway slaves, and vicious cutthroats, and turned them into the most feared army in the Western Hemisphere. Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and a cast of characters more compelling, bizarre, and memorable than any found in a Hollywood swashbuckler, Empire of Blue Waters brilliantly recreates the passions and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.
©2007 Stephan Talty; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"Before he became rum, Cap'n Morgan humbled the Spanish Empire.... Talty's well-researched account weaves together myriad political and financial interests in the New World." (Booklist)
"Talty strips away the legend to recreate a pivotal era in this accessible portrait of the pirates of the Caribbean." (Publishers Weekly)
Horrifying and shocking...the real story of the Pirates of the Caribbean. You'll never romanticize these morbid terrorists again.
Well presented history of the facts that underlie the folk tales about the Pirates of the Caribbean. Also a good look at the Spanish American history that predates the English dominance. It is worth a listen for history lovers.
The audio edition is superior! Voice inflection makes all the difference.
I have not listened to others of Mayer's, but am looking forward to them.
I did not listen in one sitting, but found it difficult to stop. Interesting, educational and entertaining.
I thoroughly enjoy this audio. Recommend to all readers.
The 17th century Pirates could easily be written off as simple men of singular thought and to some degree that would be true, but the most successful among them were not just ruthless, calculating and complex but incredibly loyal and the first to demonstrate and embrace democratic actions.
The depth of character exhibited by a few notable leaders who dared to lead a vagabond group of cut throats and murders.
yes, excellent again.........
It can be said of all great men and those of the lowliest of character, they all die, and there was an odd unsettling sense when you saw these men die of their self induced illnesses and infirmities after living life so robustly outside societal expectations. They finally engaged a foe they could not conquer.
This is a more historical read than just fictional.
The story starts out in the present day and proceeds to transport the reader first through space and then through time to Port Royal in Kingston, Jamaica. The reader's voice is appropriate to the story and the subject matter is fascinating.
Mr. Talty includes hundreds of details that illuminate the life of a real pirate of the Caribbean.
The opening scene describes the sunken city of Port Royal, conjuring up the idea of the Lost City of Atlantis. It is a romantic and intriguing image.
This book is so full of detail and history that it deserves to be read slowly and savored.
The book seemed to wander off. Got lost often.
Just didn't sound good
Always like to learn more about the area
This would be a good book to study from. Lots of interesting historical data but I had difficulty assimilating the larger picture of the story. Didn't hold my interest after 2 hours, so I quite listening. That said, the author went to a lot of trouble to make sure the background was interesting, including the political climate. Since I get these books for entertainment and easy listening, I'm not interested in listening to a book I should be taking notes on.
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