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Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan's Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaws' Bloo (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series) Hardcover – Large Print, 19 Sep 2007


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  • Hardcover: 587 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (19 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786298421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786298426
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,034,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Talty's vigorous history of seventeenth-century pirates of the Caribbean will sate even fickle Jack Sparrow fans. . . . A pleasure to read from bow to stern." --Entertainment Weekly "A swashbuckling adventure . . . [the] characters leap to life." --"New York Times" Book Review "A ripping yarn, worthy of its gaudy subject."--"Dallas Morning News" "A sparkling and engrossing adventure narrative."--"Boston Phoenix" "Fresh insight into pirates' dens of old . . . Well-researched nonfiction that reads like a novel." --"Washington Times" "Swashbuckling history at its bloody, blood-soaked best, and a mirror to our own times."--Tom Reiss, author of "The Orientalist" "Morgan proves an irresistible hero. A thrilling and fascinating adventure."--Caroline Alexander, author of "The Endurance" and "The Bounty ""Rollicking . . . with style and energy Talty tells a tale of boundless wickedness." --William M. Fowler, author of "Empires at War" Reeking of authentic blood and thunder, and as richly detailed as a work of fiction, "Empire of Blue Water" dramatically evokes the rough-and-tumble age when pirates owned the seas. In Stephan Talty's hands, the brilliant Captain Morgan, wicked and cutthroat though he was, proves an irresistible hero. A thrilling and fascinating adventure."--Caroline Alexander, author of "The Endurance and The Bounty" "Stephan Talty's new book serves up swashbuckling history at its briny, blood-soaked best, with enough violence and passion to keep the pages flying by. But it's not only blood and swash: "Empire of Blue Water" is also a mirror to our own times, showing that attempting globalization againsta backdrop of the clash of civilizations is nothing new, and that religious violence is often a thinly veiled cover for greed and personal ambition. Talty's portrait of the legendary privateer Henry Morgan is a marvelous study in contradictions--a man of astounding heroism, brilliance, compassion, and charm, who was also capable of the greatest betrayal."--Tom Reiss, author of "The Orientalist" "A wickedly entertaining tale of pirates and the Caribbean seas they once ruled like kings. Epic sea battles, daring adventures, rich history, great villains and heroes alike--it's a treasure."--Neal Bascomb, author of "The Perfect Mile and Higher" "In a riveting history that reads like the best novels, Stephan Talty stylishly extricates the pirates of the Caribbean from the imprecise caricature that so often consumes them. Layer by fascinating layer, Talty peels away the eye patch and theshiver-me-timbers brogue to reveal the raucous, complex and authentic buccaneers of the "Brethren of the Coast." . . . Storytelling and history to be savored."--Buddy Levy, author of "American Legend: The Real-Life Adventures of David Crockett" "Engrossing . . . a swashbuckling tale of how the history of the Americas was shaped by a small group of daring brigands." --Matthew Brzezinski, author of "Casino Moscow""A fascinating look inside [a] glamorous and gritty world." --Les Standiford, author of "Last Train to Paradise" "Exceptionally well-told . . . an exhilarating adventure in reading." --Kerry A. Trask, author of "Black Hawk" "From the Hardcover edition." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Price on 7 Dec 2012
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This is a really good read and kept me very interested with the life and death of Henry Morgan. I was amaazed to read how much money was involved in their daring raids and how ships were financed.
I would definatley recommend this as a read, although i am no historian and cannot confirm how close to the truth this is, I have found it interesting enough to buy more books in this subject area.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon Latimer on 14 Nov 2007
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The words buccaneer and pirate have long been synonymous, but in reality the former were more than mere criminals, having profound implications for the history of empire. In attacking the Spanish in the Americas they helped to establish, and then defend fledgling Dutch, French and English empires in the Caribbean. And without doubt, the most successful and famous of all the buccaneers was Henry Morgan. It would be nice to report that this book sheds new light on Morgan's career, but alas there's nothing new here, as evidenced by extremely ragged endnotes that include large gaps, rendering it of little value as a piece of scholarship; but it was written by a journalist in a journalistic style, and this may well not worry potential readers looking for tales of swashbuckling derring-do! It certainly rattles along.

Practically nothing is known about Morgan's early life and he probably arrived in the West Indies as a soldier involved in the `Western Design', Oliver Cromwell's ambitious scheme to conquer the Greater Antilles. Here, the motive given for the scheme is entirely religious, prompted by the renegade priest Thomas Gage. But while Gage was unquestionably a significant figure in setting things in motion, economic factors were at least as important. There is also a simplistic and inaccurate description of the boucaniers of Tortuga, the original buccaneers, who they were and how they became settled there. This lack of a wider context lets the book down, and the action seems to derive largely from existing accounts by Pope and Peter Earle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Faber on 9 May 2013
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A very interesting read that takes into account the political situation at the time as well as the factors that drove these men and women to live the life they led. Definately not Johnny Depp pirates of the carribean.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Middleton on 8 Nov 2009
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Empire of Blue Water is a gripping read - and while it is "history", it reads like fiction, and presents a case for the author's view that the privateer depredations of the Spanish Main were the beginning of the end of the Spanish Empire, and the genesis of the British Empire that would begin in the New World and spread around the globe.

The story begins with Thomas Gage's journey to the Caribbean and the conquest of Jamaica. It then follows Henry Morgan's raids - the sack of Portobello, the looting of Panama, and finally (with the outbreak of peace) his slow descent into alcoholism and death.

Talty paints a vivid picture of the 1600's, and, rightly or wrongly, contrasts the religious views of the British and Spanish as an integral part of the tale (as, to be fair, it was part of politics and life at the time). The Spanish fall of empire is seen as a reflection of the will of God by the Spanish, while at the same time the greed and inflexibility of Spanish administration is another possible culprit.

The book ends with the fall of "the wickedest city" Port Royal into the sea in an earthquake years after Morgan's death - and we are told his coffin burst from its grave and floated out to sea in the destruction. If true, that seems a suitable end for a cruel, driven man who played a small part in changing the world.
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