Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, 'Black Flags, Blue Waters' reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracys 'Golden Age'spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700swhen lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. |
Bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them.
Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Also brilliantly detailed are the pirates manifold enemies, including colonial governor John Winthrop, evangelist Cotton Mather, and young Benjamin Franklin. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Dolin provides this wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.
Mr Dolan's appearance is sponsored by a grant from the New London Water Authority. The talk is free but spaces are limited. Please register online or call 860-447-2501.
In Black Flags, Blue Waters, Eric Jay Dolin presents the surprising and enthralling Age of Pirates that was more bloody than golden. In the process, he proves again that skillfully presented narrative nonfiction is even more gripping than swashbuckling mythology. If you've never read Dolin before, prepare to have a new favorite historian.
Jeff Guinn, author of Manson andThe Road to Jonestown
This is a masterly and vivid account of the pirates who operated around Americas coasts in the late 1600s and early 1700's. Using an impressive array of sources Eric Jay Dolin throws a fresh light on familiar stories, unearths some new and surprising facts, and skillfully sets the exploits of a notorious generation of pirates in their historical context.David Cordingly, author of Under The Black Flag
Eric Jay Dolin is the author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, and Providence Journal, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History; and Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America, which was chosen by the Seattle Times as one of the best nonfiction books of 2010, and also won the James P. Hanlan Book Award, given by the New England Historical Association. He is also the author of When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail, which was chosen by Kirkus Reviews as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of 2012; and Brilliant Beacons: A History of the American Lighthouse, which was chosen by gCaptain and Classic Boat as one of the best nautical books of 2016. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family.
New London Maritime Society -- nicely nautical!
|Sunday Sep 16, 2018 4:00 PM - Sunday Sep 16, 2018 6:00 PM | Free - $6.00
Custom House Maritime Museum (View)
150 Bank Street
New London, CT 06320
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
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