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Under the Black Flag Under the Black Flag
The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
by David Cordingly

Though literature, films, and folklore have romanticized pirates as gallant seaman who hunted for treasure in exotic locales, David Cordingly, a former curator at the National Maritime Museum in England, reveals the facts behind the legends of such outlaws as Captain Kidd, Blackbeard, and Calico Jack.

The Pirates Own Book The Pirates Own Book
Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers
by Charles Ellms, Research Society Marine

Originally published in an extremely rare 1837 volume, these delightfully melodramatic yet true stories of the diabolical desperadoes who plundered the ships of the high seas detail the lives, atrocities, and exploits of such infamous pirates as Black Beard, Jean Lafitte, Robert Kidd, Edward Low, and Anne Bonney.

A General History of Pyrates A General History of Pyrates
by Daniel Defoe, Manuel Schonhorn (Editor)

Published in 1724, Defoe's chronicle of the scourges of the sea was a smashing success, finding a wide audience eager for tales of those cutthroat sailors who flew the skull and crossbones.

A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates
by Daniel Defoe, Charles Johnson, Richard West (Introduction)

Originally published in 1724, this instantaneous bestseller delivered a dramatic and detailed chronicle of robbery and murder on the high seas. This collection of brief biographies reads like a Who's Who? of piracy, with entries on Captains Kidd, Rackam, and Roberts, women-in-disguise pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and the infamous Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard, "that couragious Brute, who might have pass'd in the World for a Heroe, had he been employ'd in a good Cause."

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700-1750
by Marcus Rediker

This unsparing account of the eighteenth-century maritime world reconstructs the often brutal social and cultural milieu of Anglo-American seafaring and piracy, following sailors and their ships from their trade routes into rowdy waterfront ports.

The History of Pirates The History of Pirates
by Angus Konstam

The History of Pirates traces piracy from the seas of antiquity to the New World and beyond. It is a thorough, authoritative, and memorable portrait of the fascinating world of pirates.

Pirates of the Carolinas Pirates of the Carolinas
by Terrance Zepke

In Pirates Of The Carolinas, author/photographer Terrance Zepke evaluates thirteen buccaneers, male and female, all of whom share a connection to the Carolinas. From the universally feared Blackbeard to infamous Anne Bonny, who ran to avoid marrying a rich man her father chose for her husband, the adventurous and deadly histories of these watery thieves is vividly recreated as best known from the evidence.

Blackbeard, Terror of the Seas Blackbeard, Terror of the Seas
by Jean Day, Douglas W. Campbell (Illustrator), Virgil H. Day Jr. (Editor)

Blackbeard roamed the coastal inlets and sounds of North America interfering with shipping. He married his thirteenth or fourteenth wife at Bath, NC, then was killed and beheaded in a battle with Lt. Maynard of the British Navy at Ocracoke Inlet, just off of Ocracoke, NC. 

The Prize Game The Prize Game
Lawful Looting on the High Seas in the Days of Fighting Sail
by Donald A. Petrie

'Prizes' were vessels of a rival nation captured by naval warships and privateers (private vessels operating under letters of marque and reprisal from their government). The taking and disposition of prizes were strictly 'regulated' by international law.

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