Angus Konstam was the curator of Arms and Armour at the Tower of London, and is now the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida, responsible for organizing major exhibitions throughout the eastern seaboard. Konstam's knowledge of maritime history, and his exposure to countless historical objects and manuscripts, have helped make this a truly exceptional study. David Cordingly is the editor of A General History of the Robberies & Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates. He was on the staff of the National Maritime Museum, London, for twelve years, and organized such exhibitions as "The Art of the Van de Veldes" and the acclaimed and highly successful "Pirates: Fact & Fiction." Cordingly graduated from Oxford University, where he read modern history, and received his doctorate degree from the University of Sussex.