Rebecca Simon's Virtual Bookshelf

Rebecca Simon, author of Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever shares some recommended pirate reading. 

Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates By David Cordingly Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812977226
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - May 9th, 2006

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.

Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age By Marcus Rediker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780807050255
Published: Beacon Press - April 15th, 2005

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.

Pirate Nests and the Rise of the British Empire, 1570-1740 (Published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American Histo) By Mark G. Hanna Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469636047
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Published: Omohundro Institute and University of North C - April 3rd, 2017

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.

Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars By Jamie L. H. Goodall Cover Image
ISBN: 9781467141161
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Published: History Press - February 24th, 2020

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.

The Republic Of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down By Colin Woodard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780156034623
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Published: Mariner Books - May 12th, 2008

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.