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Blackbeard: The Real Pirate of the Caribbean Paperback – 1 Apr 2006


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Maritime Museum (1 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948065699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948065699
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,140,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Accompanying a BBC drama, this book explores the reality behind the pirate known as Blackbeard.

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Blackbeard's extraordinary life of excess during the Golden Age of Piracy ignited a reputation that struck terror into men's hearts from Virginia to Barbados. Leading a flotilla of ships through the clear waters of the Indies he left in his wake an image of a 'ranting, roaring, swaggering, swearing' sea-captain that is still remembered today. Blackbeard's life on the high seas, chasing wealth, freedom and power, ended in a bloody battle that ultimately marked a turning-point in history.

This book accompanies a multi-million pound BBC drama that explores the reality of the man behind the beard. Far from the caricature of films and novels, Blackbeard was a complex character who was as charming as he was ruthless. The atrocities he indulged in, and how they eventually proved to be his undoing, are here explored through a fresh appraisal of surviving contemporary documents. Today we might associate pirates with peg-legs, parrots and dreamy tropical islands- but the disturbing truth is the stuff of nightmares.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Gill-collis on 29 July 2012
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This book should really be called "Pirates: with a bit of Blackbeard thrown in for good measure". The majority of this book is about pirates in general, and is interspersed with stories of Blackbeard. Some of it is pure speculation (for example how he may have grown up, or why he might have gone to sea). However, it was a nice light read, and something I would probably have enjoyed a lot more if I was still a kid.
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Not being able to flick through this on a book shelf I didn't realise that this is one of those books that is tied into a TV documentary. As such it is a little light weight on the history and heavy on the pictures. Indeed while some artefacts of the times are shown there are a lot of glossy shots of the TV show put in there. Whenever this is the case I do feel that the book would be improved by it coming with a copy of the DVD of the show as sometimes it almost reads like the voice over on the show.

Saying that it is a good introduction to high seas piracy and the riveting story of Edward Teach- Black Beard. It has lots of illustrations and is always entertaining.

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