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Black Flags, Blue Waters

The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
Narrated by: Paul Brion
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)
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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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An exciting account of piracy

In this book you will learn about how piracy effected the American colonies as well as the Caribbean. I learned things about the colonies that were not taught to me in school. The narrator did a fantastic job. He was clear and not dry.

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good history

fun listen well researched. follows several American pirates. intersecting stories make it interesting. not overly winded.

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