Book Reviews of Under the Black Flag: : The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates

Under the Black Flag: : The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
Under the Black Flag The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates
Author: David Cordingly
ISBN-13: 9780679425601
ISBN-10: 0679425608
Publication Date: 8/20/1996
Pages: 296
Rating:
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4 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
I was so excited to finally find this book on a shelf to buy (go figure, I had to wait to find a pirate bookstore to find it - yeah, there is one, in Key West) and it did not disappoint. Ive had it on my Wish List here since it was recommended by The Word Detective.

It is so interesting, you won't be able to resist reading the fascinating tidbits out loud to your poor roommate, who now knows more about pirates than he ever wanted to. I had no idea that our idea of pirates is based on only a few fictional sources. This has many great examples of reality being more interesting than fiction.
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Helpful Score: 2
Non-fiction book on pirates. Cordingly does a good job of showing that although the reality of pirate life was not as benign or romantic as today's consumer of piratical historical fictions would like to think, the truth is just as fascinating and interesting as the fiction.

The book is well-researched, careful to state what is known, what is not known, and what is simply not likely. Adequate footnotes are given for all sources. (And unreliable sources are diligently explained to be such.) Chock-full of interesting facts and anecdotes; worth reading for anyone interested in finding out some of the truths behind the pirate mythos.

However, the topics are somewhat oddly divided into thematic chapters, each of which reads somewhat like a research term paper for a history class - not the most smooth or evocative prose I've ever read!
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Helpful Score: 1
It was a very interesting book for history buffs! enjoyed it!
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Helpful Score: 1
This book is incredibly informative on the factual topics of the life of pirates. It is a great resource on everything pirate relates, and even details some of the better known buccaneers' lives as well as thier interaction with other notorious men (and women) of the golden age.
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Many photos and maps included. Book covers many aspects of this life, from the viewpoint of history,literature, and film. Pictures of Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. are included.
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More reality than romance. He has his facts, now if they were organized a bit better. This is still a good book and an excellent balance to "Pirates of the Caribbean"
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It's a great book if you really want to know the intricacies of the pirates/buckaneers - but very, very detailed! I still loved it!
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Excellent book about pirates. Covers a wide range of aspects. An engaging read.
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Patrick O'Brian says, " This is the most authoritative and highly literate account of these pernicious people that I have ever read".

This book is very entertaining and also sets the standard for current serious scholarship on the history of the pirates of the Golden Age. Many good maps and illustrations from fact and fiction.
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'Under the Black Flag' is a thoroughly researched book about the pirates of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Its facts are well documented with pages of footnotes and appendixes however it reads more like a novel than a dry text book. Full Review
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Excellent, fun, readable. A terrific summer/ beach/ ski vacation read.