Rebecca Simon, author of Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever shares some recommended pirate reading.
This book is a great introduction to piracy. Cordingly provides a fantastic and engaging overview of the lives of pirates, their actions, how they were persecuted, and how they are presented in popular culture.
This book discusses what is known as the Golden Age of Piracy between the years 1716 - 1726. In this book you learn about the infamous pirates, such as Blackbeard, and how the British government waged a “war on pirates” to eradicate them from the seas.
This book takes you into a deep dive of the history of piracy starting with the age of Elizabeth I. This book discusses how pirates were not just powerful on the sea, but also crucial on land because their looted plunder allowed the colonies to flourish. As a result, pirates were some of the most instrumental figures of the rise of the British Empire.
This book takes a close look at pirates in the Chesapeake Bay region of the east coast of the United States. Not only does she discuss infamous pirates such as Blackbeard, she also takes us further in time to examine pirates during the Confederacy and into the Oyster Wars.
This book takes us to the city of Nassau in the Bahamas, aka the Pirate Republic run by the Pirate King, Benjamin Hornigold. In this book you meet pirates such as Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, and Mary Read. You will read about adventure, swashbuckling, and the former pirate who eventually takes over and hunts his own brethren.