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Under the Black Flag
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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 (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.
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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.

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This account of the daily life of such figures as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd "will delight and inform," said PW. (Sept.)

"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

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