• Villains of All Nations

  • Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age
  • By: Marcus Rediker
  • Narrated by: Cornell Womack
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Villains of All Nations

By: Marcus Rediker
Narrated by: Cornell Womack
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Publisher's summary

Villains of All Nations explores the "Golden Age" of Atlantic piracy (1716-1726) and the infamous generation whose images underlie our modern, romanticized view of pirates.

Rediker introduces us to the dreaded black flag, the Jolly Roger; swashbuckling figures such as Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard; and the unnamed, unlimbed pirate who was likely Robert Louis Stevenson's model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island.

This history shows from the bottom up how sailors emerged from deadly working conditions on merchant and naval ships, turned pirate, and created a starkly different reality aboard their own ships, electing their officers, dividing their booty equitably, and maintaining a multinational social order. The real lives of this motley crew - which included cross-dressing women, people of color, and the "outcasts of all nations" - are far more compelling than contemporary myth.

©2004 Marcus Rediker (P)2019 Random House Audio
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

Critic reviews

"Marcus Rediker knows pirates, and he knows how to tell a story. Villains of All Nations is a must read; don't wait for the movie!" (Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination)