Under the Black Flag

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Under the Black Flag

The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

By David Cordingly

Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812977226, 296pp.

Publication Date: May 9, 2006

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 (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier. 16 pp. of photos. Maps.

"From the Hardcover edition.