A thorough, exciting examination of 18th-century pirate life, with wonderful details.--Publishers WeeklyInteresting and exciting . . . a thoroughly enjoyable chronicle of an interesting life and interesting era.--BooklistThe definitive biography of historysmost fearsome and famous pirateOf all the colorful cutthroats who scoured the seas in search of plunder during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early eighteenth century, none was more ferocious or notorious than Blackbeard.
As unforgettable as his savage career was, much of Blackbeards life has been shrouded in mystery--until now.Drawing on vivid descriptions of Blackbeards attacks from his rare surviving victims, pirate expert Angus Konstam traces Blackbeards career from its beginnings to his final defeat in a tremendous sea battle near his base at Ocracoke Island. Presenting dramatic accounts of the pirates very effective tactics and his reputation for cruelty, Konstam offers a fascinating examination of the life and business of piracy and the lure of this brutal and bloody trade.