Under the Black Flag, David Cordingly

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  1. Alex B. Says:

    Summary: The book, Under The Black Flag, is about the life of pirates, including some of the most famous pirates like Blackbeard, Captain William Kidd, Bartholomew Roberts, Benjamin Hornigold, and Charles Vane. In the first half of the book, it briefly talks about the life and adventures of famous pirates, for example, pirate attacks, raids, and captured or plundered ships and describes the differences between fictional and non-fictional pirates. The book also talks about buccaneers and privateers like Sir Francis Drake the privateer, Henry Morgan the buccaneer, and the governor and privateer Woodes Rogers. In the second half of the book, there is more information about some pirates and privateers like the names of their ships and the requirements of a pirate ship. One of the chapters details the captain and their ships which discusses pirates not always getting their perfect ship on their first try. For example, Bartholomew Roberts captured a ship and renamed it the Royale Fortune, then he captured another ship and renamed it the same name, and he kept doing it until he has the perfect ship that suited him. In the last chapter of the book, it talked about the pirates that were hanged and specifically where the hanging of pirates occurred. There are some maps scattered in the book. In one of the chapters, it said that Captain Kidd had been responsible for the legends of buried treasure.

    Evaluation: After reading this book, I thought that it was very informational and interesting. The information about pirates, privateers, and buccaneers are scattered throughout the book. The only pirates, privateers, and buccaneers that I knew were Henry Morgan, Sir Francis Drake, and obviously Blackbeard, but after reading the book I learned about new pirates like Charles Vane, William Kidd, and Calico Jack. I didn’t expect that there would be any famous women pirates like Anne Bonny and Mary Read, but the book proved me wrong. Thanks to this book, I know the names of all the pirates, privateers, and buccaneers ship’s names. I can relate this book to my world history class. The buccaneers during this time can be connected to the Spanish colonies during the same time period.

    Rating: I would rate this book 4 stars for all the information in the book along with the appendices. I would have given it 5 stars if it had actual pictures of pirates and pirate ships.

    Recommendations: I don’t have any book recommendations about pirates, but if you want to read a suspenseful and thrilling non-history, non-fiction book, read Lone Survivor and American Sniper.

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