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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: November 2011 ISBN: 9781596592780
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Phil | 2/5/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 2/4/2014

    " There is a wealth of information in here about the Hollywood versions of pirates vs. the historical truth. I thoroughly enjoyed this book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skyelr | 2/2/2014

    " One of the best books about piracy that I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gordon | 1/19/2014

    " A very informative history of the golden age of piracy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Kennedy | 1/18/2014

    " I liked this book. It has some trivia I could have skipped, not being a history buff or a pirate buff, but overall it was cool to read some of these real stories about a subject I only know in fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwendolyn | 1/17/2014

    " This was a very informative book, but a little dry. I wanted it to be more whimsical and full of merriment. But really it was about gutting people and eating their hearts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee W. | 1/14/2014

    " Hell yeah, pirates. I was sold on the fact that Patrick O'Brian was the blurb reccomending it on the back, that I read the Reddiker book that was a primary source and oh my god pirates. Some errors, not that I am a nerd, but a good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Yrmom | 1/8/2014

    " Very informative while not being as boring as all those books on the templars. Pirates used to be cool. Now they're scary and cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey | 12/19/2013

    " Great book on the myths and realities of piracy during it's golden age. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roy | 12/10/2013

    " terrible, a pain to read. I was really excited about it because it was about pirates and seemed good, but it really was just a mishmash of random stories to illustrate some disparate pirate related topics. No real flow or continuity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thurston | 11/29/2013

    " turns out pirates life is not for me. lot of whiskey i can adhere to, but a lot a dude on dude action not so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Johnson | 11/9/2013

    " A great book about the Pirates and Privateers and the different between the two. Cordingly's research does a great job to explain where pirates came from and the history associated with them. Great book and highly recommended for people who are interested in the romanticism of pirates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 11/3/2013

    " The best work on the history of piracy, written before the current pirate craze. If you read one book on the history of piracy, it should be this one. It also contains some interesting information on piracy outside the Caribbean, including on Chinese piracy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meri | 10/1/2013

    " Great book telling what you don't usually hear about the historical side of pirate lore. Good book for history buffs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chaz Hudak | 9/26/2013

    " dont bother unless you want to read about pirates. its great for that. i gave it two stars cause i have no idea what the hell i was thinking reading this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marissa | 8/18/2013

    " This book was full of interesting facts and stories about pirates, both generally and specifically. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 7/25/2013

    " One of the best books I've read on pirates. I actually had to read this book for a College Graphic Design class and liked it so much I kept it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 2/27/2013

    " Almost everything you thought you knew about pirates is a myth, and most of those myths are generated by hollywood. There is however many acurate things we do know about pirates from written records such as books, newspapers, and letters of the era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Martin | 2/25/2013

    " With piracy making one helluva comeback this century, this was a particularly enjoyable read. I also had the pleasure of reading this one overlooking a pirate-esque vista while vacationing in Costa Rica. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 10/21/2012

    " ARRRRRRRRR !!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly Jo | 10/19/2012

    " I heart pirates and I heart this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 6/20/2012

    " Great read, slow on occasion. Debunks any romantic notions you might have had about pirates and their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 1/20/2012

    " This was kind of a cool book it is a historical narrative about what life was really like for pirates. It also gave the biographies for some of the most notorious priates in history like black beard and Mrs. Cho. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Ramey | 12/7/2011

    " A nice general background on pirating. "

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About the Author
Author David Cordingly

David Cordingly was keeper of pictures and head of exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum for twelve years, where he organized such exhibitions as “Captain James Cook, Navigator,” “The Mutiny on the Bounty,” and “Pirates: Fact and Fiction.” His books include Life among the Pirates, Heroines and Harlots, and the highly praised The Billy Ruffian. He lives by the sea in Brighton, England.

About the Narrator

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.