Under the Black Flag (Paperback)

The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

By David Cordingly

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 9780812977226, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 9, 2006

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Digital Audiobook (11/14/2011)

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Description

“This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read.”—Patrick O'Brian

“[A] wonderfully entertaining history of pirates and piracy . . . a rip-roaring read . . . fascinating and unexpected.”—Men's Journal

This rollicking account of the golden age of piracy is packed with vivid history and high seas adventure. David Cordingly, an acclaimed expert on pirates, reveals the spellbinding truth behind the legends of Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Sir Francis Drake, the fierce female brigands Mary Read and Anne Bonny, and others who rode and robbed upon the world's most dangerous waters. Here, in thrilling detail, are the weapons they used, the ships they sailed, and the ways they fought—and were defeated. Under the Black Flag also charts the paths of fictional pirates such as Captain Hook and Long John Silver. The definitive resource on the subject, this book is as captivating as it is supremely entertaining. 

Praise for Under the Black Flag

“[A] lively history . . . If you've ever been seduced by the myth of the cutlass-wielding pirate, consider David Cordingly's Under the Black Flag.”USA Today, “Best Bets”

“Engagingly told . . . a tale of the power of imaginative literature to re-create the past.”Los Angeles Times

“Entirely engaging and informative . . . a witty and spirited book.”The Washington Post Book World

“Plenty of thrills and adventure to satisfy any reader.”The Philadelphia Inquirer


About the Author

David Cordingly was for 12 years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford and the renowned author of the definitive book on pirates, Under the Black Flag, as well as Seafaring Women and Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. Cordingly lives with his wife by the sea in Sussex, England.


Praise For Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

“This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read.”—Patrick O'Brian

“[A] wonderfully entertaining history of pirates and piracy . . . a rip-roaring read . . . fascinating and unexpected.”Men's Journal

“[A] lively history . . . If you've ever been seduced by the myth of the cutlass-wielding pirate, consider David Cordingly's Under the Black Flag.”USA Today, “Best Bets”

“Engagingly told . . . a tale of the power of imaginative literature to re-create the past.”Los Angeles Times

“Entirely engaging and informative . . . a witty and spirited book.”The Washington Post Book World

“Plenty of thrills and adventure to satisfy any reader.”The Philadelphia Inquirer