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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' Bloody Reign by [Stephan Talty]

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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' Bloody Reign Kindle Edition

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“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

“Rollicking . . . with style and energy Talty tells a tale of boundless wickedness.”—William M. Fowler, author of Empires at War

“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 against a 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 Publishers Weekly

Journalist Talty (Mulatto America) entertainingly chronicles the life of legendary privateer Capt. Henry Morgan and his crucial role in challenging Spain's hegemony in the New World in this informative popular history. Seeking his fortune, Welshman Morgan arrived in the Caribbean just as British King Charles II decided to challenge Spain by using pirates "as a stick with which to beat [them]." Morgan accepted a privateer's commission from the British—in effect, a license to steal—and set out in 1661 to make his fortune. Smart and charismatic, Morgan quickly rose to the rank of captain and became "fabulously rich." His attack on the Spanish stronghold at Portobelo "showed the world that the empire was vulnerable," and his raid on the city of Panama—the "greatest raid in the history of buccaneering"—forced "the Spanish to renounce their exclusive rights to the New World." Charles II knighted Morgan and appointed him deputy governor of Jamaica, a position that tasked him—"the greatest of the buccaneers"—with exterminating piracy. Morgan died of the effects of alcohol abuse in 1688 at 53. Talty strips away the legend to recreate a pivotal era in this accessible portrait of the pirates of the Caribbean. (Apr.)
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B000PDZFCU
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown (April 17, 2007)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 17, 2007
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4671 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 354 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 252 ratings

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Stephan Talty is the NY Times bestselling author of six acclaimed nonfiction books, as well as two crime novels, "Black Irish" and "Hangman," set in his hometown of Buffalo. He's written for the New York Times Magazine, GQ, Playboy, the Chicago Review and many others. Talty's ebook, "The Secret Agent," was a #1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in nonfiction.

Talty lives outside New York City with his wife and two children. You can visit his website at www.stephantalty.com.

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