Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates

Written by:
Eric Jay Dolin
Narrated by:
Paul Brion

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2018
10 hours 30 minutes
Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy's 'Golden Age'-spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s-when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates' manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop and evangelist Cotton Mather. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.
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Kathleen L.

Interesting historical account of pirates. A little plodding but still worth a read if you really like pirates.

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Edward B.

if you like pirates you will like this book

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Christopher K.

Excellent content. Narrator a little dry.

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Shane S.

Amazing book loved it all

The content was very interesting but the author was boring.

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Jeanne B.

Lots of details about various incidents, but no real insight tying it all together to get idea of what pirating and privateering was like overall. Narrator was okay.

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Jason C.

Found this really interesting, his last 20 minutes were dumb but in all it was a great read.

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Very enlightening. Don't forget 'Talk like a Pirate Day' in September!

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Tim S.

Very entertaining and informative. A good read

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Scott N.

boring as hell

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Gary W.

OUTSTANDING book. A Buddy recommended this book. Being a West Texan, I have been to many of the places and area in this book. Texas school systems have always been big on Texas history but this book takes it way deeper. It isn’t just this area but from Mexico to Nebraska. It is not just about any particular tribe but white man/Indian interactions. I will probably “read” it a 3rd time. Do yourself a solid & get this.

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Brian B.

Not what I was expecting but overall decent book. It’s more information than story form…..

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Good read about the "golden age" of piracy. The narrator was a bit dull.

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Mark Trevithick

"Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates" is an amazing book. The lives of the various pirates, their crews, and often the illegal interactions with local businesses is far from the tales and movies we've heard and watched. The character of the various pirates run the gamut from relatively benign if that's possible to murderous villains'. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Michael C.

Interesting historical account of pirates, a little repetitive.

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Michael K.

Great listen! Very informative and entertaining! I highly recommend this audiobook if you are interested in pirates

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Michael F.

This is a great read if you like piracy and history. Very well written and keeps you wanting more

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Kenneth A.

Great historical account of pirates. A great listen.

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If I thought I loved pirates before, I didn't love them right.

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David J.

Narrator has good diction, but this is not a good fit for a book about pirates. Also mispronounces some English place-names. The book is very interesting and well researched.

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Joseph H.

interesting and informative.

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Donald C.

Good stories. But the narration is lethally dull. Do not listen to this book while driving!

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Terrible book

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