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Best Pirate History Books You Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Pirate History books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (2008)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should Read  In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates—former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves—this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New…
Author(s): Colin Woodard

2. The Eighth Flag: Cannibals. Conquistadors. Buccaneers. PIRATES. The untold story of the Caribbean and the mystery of St. Croix’s Pirate Legacy, 1493-1750 (2018)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadCannibals.  Conquistadors.  Buccaneers.  Pirates.  Visions of cartoon characters dancing around a cauldron with an explorer tied inside. Balboa gazing on the Pacific Ocean.  De Leon and the fountain of youth. Pizarro conquering the Incas. Henry Morgan, in red, drinking spiced rum.  Smoke curling around Blackbeard as his cutlass slashes through the air. … all children’s tales that mean nothing.  Today, we do not know who any of these people were, how they came to do what they did, or why they did it.  The struggle for power, freedom, and wealth that shaped the Caribbean for two and a half…
Author(s): Stanford Joines

3. Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates (2019)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadWith surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters is “rumbustious enough for the adventure-hungry” (Peter Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle). Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age” – spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s – when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. “Deftly blending scholarship and drama” (Richard Zacks), best-selling author Eric…
Author(s): Eric Jay Dolin

4. A General History of the Pyrates (Dover Maritime) (1999)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadFamed for his enduring fictional masterpieces Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders, Daniel Defoe also possessed considerable expertise in maritime affairs. As a commission merchant, importer, shipowner, and an active journalist who reported “ship news” and interviewed surviving pirates, Defoe achieved a high degree of authority on the subject of buccaneers. His knowledge was such that his book, A General History of the Pyrates, remains the major source of information about piracy in the first quarter of the 18th century.Reprinted here in its entirety, this fascinating history abounds in…
Author(s): Daniel Defoe

5. A General History of the Pyrates (2012)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadA General History of the Pyrates by Captain Charles Johnson was published in 1724. As the primary source of biographies of some of the most notorious pirates it influenced popular conceptions of the lifestyles. Missing legs or eyes, burying treasure and the name of the pirates flag the Jolly Roger was introduced in this touchstone of pirate lore as it has been incorporated into popular culture. A General History of the Pyrates has influencing literature and movies to this day….
Author(s): Captain Charles Johnson

6. Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates (2006)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadThis rollicking account of the golden age of piracy is packed with vivid history and high seas adventure. David Cordingly, an acclaimed expert on pirates, reveals the spellbinding truth behind the legends of Blackbeard, Captain Kidd, Sir Francis Drake, the fierce female brigands Mary Read and Anne Bonny, and others who rode and robbed upon the world’s most dangerous waters. Here, in thrilling detail, are the weapons they used, the ships they sailed, and the ways they fought—and were defeated. Under the Black Flag also charts the paths of fictional pirates such as Captain Hook…
Author(s): David Cordingly

7. Pirates: The Complete History From 1300 Bc To The Present Day (2011)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadAngus Konstam sets sail through the brutal history of piracy, separating myth from legend and fact from fiction. Pirates takes us into the depths of the pirate’s dark world, examining the many colorful characters from Cretans and Vikings to French corsairs and the British rogues of the golden age of piracy, such as Blackbeard and Captain Kidd and even two women pirates, Mary Read and Ann Bonny, who became pregnant to avoid execution. A blood-soaked, riveting account, it provides a complete history of the fearsome threat on the high seas from the marauders in the pages…
Author(s): Angus Konstam

8. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History (2017)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadWhen Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute far beyond what the new country could afford.   Jefferson found it impossible to negotiate with the leaders of the Barbary states, who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy, so President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy’s new…
Author(s): Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger

9. The Best Book of Pirates (2006)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadStunning artwork depicts the lives and daredevil raids of famous pirates such as Blackbeard, Madame Cheng, and Captain Kidd, while clever cutaways and authoritative text reveal the day-to-day life on board their ships. The Best Book of Pirates by Barnaby Howard is the perfect book for young swashbucklers!…
Author(s): BarnaHoward

10. Pirates: The Golden Age of Piracy: A History from Beginning to End (2019)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadPiratesPirates dominate movie box office profits, they are theme park entertainment, and they occupy a place in popular culture that has outlasted the era when they originally ruled the seas. Contemporary audiences who are safe from the pistols and cutlasses of the men who sailed the Caribbean, Indian, and Atlantic Oceans to prey upon ships and claim their cargo may find it hard to reconcile the perceived glamor of Captain Jack Sparrow with the authentic bloodlust and greed of the real pirates who killed without conscience, kidnapped innocent victims for ransom, and ravaged, bribed, and robbed their way into legend. Tragut Rais, Grace…
Author(s): Hourly History

11. A General History of the Pirates (Expanded Edition) (2018)

 Best Pirate History Books You Should ReadOften considered to be the primary source for information about the pirates of the Golden Age of Piracy, this book was written around the time these marauders plagued the Seven Seas. Scholars have often linked the pseudonym of Charles Johnson to Daniel Defoe and other authors, but whoever the true author was they speak with obvious knowledge of the subject and of maritime matters in general. This work contains both Volumes of the History of Pirates, with chapters on the following pirates: Henry Avery, John Martel, Edward Teach (Black-beard), Major Stede Bonnet, Edward England, Charles Vane, John (Calico Jack) Rackam, Ann Bonny, Mary…
Author(s): Charles Johnson

Best Pirate History Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some pirate history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Pirates: A New History, from Vikings to Somali Raiders

Author(s): Peter Lehr
Publisher: Yale University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 27 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2400108

Pirates And Publishers: A Social History Of Copyright In Modern China

Author(s): Fei-Hsien Wang
Publisher: Prince­ton University Press, Year: 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2443159

Pirates in History and Popular Culture

Author(s): Antonio Sanna
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Year: 2018, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2271860

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

Author(s): Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2015, Size: 9 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1555726

The History and Lives of Notorious Pirates and Their Crews

Author(s): Captain Charles Johnson, C. Lovat Fraser
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2083128

Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740

Author(s): Mark G. Hanna
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Year: 2015, Size: 18 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2287654

Medieval pirates : pirates, raiders and privateers 1204-1453

Author(s): Eddison, Jill
Publisher: History Press, Year: 2013, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1577312

Coxinga and the fall of the Ming Dynasty : the pirate king of the Ming Dynasty

Author(s): Clements, Jonathan
Publisher: The History Press, Year: 2011, Size: 959 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2211061

Pirates: The Complete History from 1300 BC to the Present Day

Author(s): Angus Konstam
Publisher: Lyons Press, Year: 2011, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2403626

How History's Greatest Pirates Pillaged, Plundered, and Got Away with It: The Stories, Techniques, and Tactics of the Most Feared Sea Rovers from 1500-1800

Author(s): Benerson Little
Publisher: Fair Winds, Year: 2010, Size: 126 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 807721

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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