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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,019 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Cordingly Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England’s National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy’s Golden Age. As he explodes many accepted myths—such as “walking the plank,” which is pure fiction—Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex, and often bloodier.

Pirates are so much a part of legend that it is easy to forget they actually existed. Under the Black Flag tells their story in a rollicking account packed with history, anecdote, and, above all, adventure. Here are the true stories of such bloodthirsty legends as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, Anne Bonny, and the fearsome Mary Read. Here also are rousing descriptions of what ships pirates sailed, what punishments they exacted, what they really wore, and how they flourished—or perished. From the smoky havoc of shipboard battle to the loneliness of a fugitive’s life at sea, this spellbinding narrative vividly brings the brutal world of pirates to life.

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  • “If you’ve ever been seduced by the myth of the cutlass-wielding pirate, consider David Cordingly’s Under the Black Flag. This lively history explores the sources of the myths, including Robert Louis Stevenson’s wildly influential Treasure Island.”

    USA Today

  • “Plenty of thrills and adventure to satisfy any reader.

    Philadelphia Enquirer

  • “Entirely engaging and informative…A witty and spirited book.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Informative, engrossing, and treats a serious subject with humor when appropriate.”


Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jesse | 2/12/2014

    " A great look at the true Pirate Tradition. This book helped to open my eyes to the many fallacies that modern entertainment has contrived about the Pirate world. In reality truth is often more interesting than fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Leigh | 2/8/2014

    " This book nicely contrasts the world of literary and film pirates with those of history (they all didn't dress as nicely as Captain Hook, but many of them did indeed have false limbs). However, it is very densley written and the relatively small amount of information known about pirates means that the narrative jumps from one tale to another just about every paragraph, making it hard to follow. I even found my mind wandering during the chapter on torture methods used by pirates, and if that subject matter won't make you sit up and pay attention, nothing will. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by MKat | 2/7/2014

    " Love the buccaneers who sailed the seven seas? Then this is your bible. Cordingly explores life among the cutthroat pirates and the fictions that fed (and continue to feed) their legend in our popular consciousness. Read up on the amazing lives and bloody deaths of Blackbeard, Calico Jack, Captain Kidd, Black Bart, and many other pirates and privateers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Phil | 2/5/2014

    " Morgan, Women, Ships, Treasure, Pirate Hunters, "

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