historian Eric Jay Dolin presents "Black Flags, Blue Waters: the Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates"
PIRATES !! And presented by Eric Jay Dolin, who is one of the most fascinating and delightful authors we have had here at Jabberwocky. This is truely one event you will not want to miss.
Black Flags, Blue Waters: the Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates covers the "golden" age of piracy, from the late 1600's to the mid 1700's with Eric's usual charm and wit. He effortlessly pulls in outrageous facts, stunning details and the backstory while giving us the broad history of the times. With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters reanimates the 'Golden Age' of piracy in the Americas. 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' when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, but then violently opposed them. Through episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Eric 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 detailed are the pirates' manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Eric provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.
"Bravo! Eric Jay Dolin--deftly blending scholarship and drama--has captured the flotilla of rogues who tormented merchants and crews along the American coasts. He powerfully re-creates the pirate life--from outlaw ports to stolen ships, from sunken gold to mass hangings." -Richard Zacks, author of Pirate Hunter
"Dolin doesn't just write a first-rate history of the Golden Age of Piracy, he puts us on deck with the men themselves, bringing us into the action and leaving no doubt as to why these great rogues matter to this day"--Robert Kurson, author of Rocket Men
Eric Jay Dolin is a best-selling author whose previous books include, Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America; Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America; When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail; and Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse.