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Blackbeard (ePub)

The Hunt for the World's Most Notorious Pirate

Maritime

By Craig Cabell, Allan Richards, Graham A Thomas
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
File Size: 6.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 178
Illustrations: 20 illustrations
ISBN: 9781783469147
eBook Released: 12th November 2012

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Edward Teach – 'Blackbeard'-is one of the legends of the so-called 'golden age of piracy'. There have been so many accounts of his short, bloody career that it is hard to see him and his times in a clear historical light. This new study looks for the man behind the legend, and it gives a vivid insight into the nature of piracy and the naval operations that were launched against it.

The narrative focuses on the roles played by the Governor of Virginia Alexander Spotswood who masterminded the pursuit of Blackbeard, and Lieutenant Robert Maynard of HMS Pearl who led the pursuit and finally cornered Teach and his crew and, after a vicious fight, saw him killed.

In vivid detail it reveals how the hunt for Blackbeard was orchestrated, how he was tracked down, and the parts played in the drama by the larger-than-life leading characters in this extraordinary story.

This freshly researched study of the pursuit of the notorious pirate and his crew - and of the final fight in which Blackbeard lost his life - makes compelling reading.

It still surprises me, after all these years, how little we actually know about arguably the most famous pirate of them all. Three authors come together here to tackle all the facts and possibilities that we can extract from the remaining texts, letters, and news articles. What we have here is an interesting tale about not only Blackbeard but of the men who would take him down. After having read a variety of books on Pirates, I would recommend this to people who want a quick read that is also intelligent and thoughtful. The authors are scholars at their best examples.

NetGalley, Alexander McCue

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An outstanding look at one of the most feared and successful pirates of his time. The story is packed with action and explains in great detail the effort to capture this notorious pirate. This makes a great read for the historian and pirate fans.

NetGalley, Ron Baumer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a meticulously researched history of "Blackbeard" aka Edward Teach, who became the most infamous pirate ever known. The book takes a close look not only of Blackbeard but pirating in general, the man (Spotwood) who eventually brought Blackbeard down, the sociological and historical forces that not only allowed pirating to proliferate but that encouraged it.

NetGalley, CG Twiles

Informative and the thing I liked the most is that the research covered not only the infamous Blackbeard, but pirating in general.
Still, it's baffling, despite all the texts, clues, researches we have only guesses and nothing certain about the most feared pirate of all times.
Especially, his pre pirate days remain a mystery to us.
>From the start of his pirate days to the events leading to his death, all this information is here and in it's most detailed form.
Loved this book and all that I learned from it.

NetGalley, Petra Dimitrova

It was fun to think again about Blackbeard, having grown up learning about him in North Carolina. I liked how this book covers Blackbeard in his world with descriptions of people and places of his time. The book also includes some history of other contemporary pirates. And I enjoyed the artistic depictions at the end of the ebook.

NetGalley, Stephanie Gardner

The authors examine the main source historians use when writing about this pirate. The authors also provide one of the clearest hypotheses as to why Blackbeard rechristened La Concorde to Queen Anne's Revenge. The authors provide a list of resources to consult for those who wish to learn more. This insightful, compelling and thought provoking volume on history's most notorious pirate is a worthy addition to any collection on Blackbeard.

Pirates and Privateers

The authors examine the main source historians use when writing about this pirate. The authors also provide one of the clearest hypotheses as to why Blackbeard rechristened La Concorde to Queen Anne's Revenge. The authors provide a list of resources to consult for those who wish to learn more. This insightful, compelling and thought provoking volume on history's most notorious pirate is a worthy addition to any collection on Blackbeard.

Pirates and Privateers

Was the legendary pirate Blackbeard really as bad as his reputation claims? In this biography for general ready and history buffs, journalist Cabell, historian Thomas, and travel writer Richards braid narrative and research findings to find the man behind the legend. They describe how Blackbeard was hunted and eventually killed by the Governor of Virginia, who has been characterised as a tyrant in the past.

Reference and Research Book News

Edward Teach, Blackbeard, is one of the legends of the so called ‘golden age of piracy’. There have been so many accounts of his short, bloody career that it is hard to see him and his times in a clear historical light. This new study looks for the man behind the legend, and gives a vivid insight into the nature of piracy and the naval operations that were launched against it.

Lynn News (Friday Edition), 4th January

About Craig Cabell

Craig Cabell is a journalist and author. His works include, in addition to Frederick Forsyth - A Matter of Protocol, The Kray Brothers, Dennis Wheatley - Churchill's Storyteller and VE Day - A Day to Remember (published by Pen and Sword Books).


About Allan Richards

Allan Richards wrote VE Day – A Day to Remember and enjoyed extensive media coverage during the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War. He has travelled the world and written about his experiences for travel magazines, amongst others.


About Graham A Thomas

Graham A. Thomas is a historian specialising in the history of the British army and air force in the Second World War and Korea. He is currently the editor of the British Army Review, a quarterly journal on the doctrine and history of the British army. His publications include Furies and Fireflies Over Korea, Terror From the Sky: The Battle Against the Flying Bombs and Firestorm: Typhoons Over Caen. He has also written several books on naval and maritime history, including Pirate Hunter: The Life of Captain Woodes Rogers and Blackbeard: The Hunt For The World's Most Notorious Pirate.

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