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Blackbeard the Pirate: A Reappraisal of His Life and Times

Robert E. Lee

John F. Blair, Publisher
$16.95 paperback
6 x 9   
264 pages

Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was one of the most notorious pirates ever to plague the Atlantic coast. He was also one of the most colorful pirates of all time, becoming the model for countless blood-and-thunder tales of sea rovers. His daring exploits, personal courage, terrifying appearance, and fourteen wives made him a legend in his own lifetime.

The legends and myths about Blackbeard have become wilder rather than tamer in the 250 years since his gory but valiant death at Ocracoke Inlet. It is difficult for historians, and all but impossible for the general reader, to separate fact from fiction. Author Robert E. Lee has studied virtually every scrap of information available about the pirate and his contemporaries in an attempt to find the real Blackbeard. The result is a fascinating and authoritative study that reads like an exciting swashbuckler. Lee goes beyond the myths and the image Teach so carefully cultivated to reveal a new Blackbeard—infinitely more interesting as a man than as a legend. In the process, he has captured the spirit and character of a vanished age, "the golden age of piracy."


Blackbeard the Pirate: A Reappraisal of His Life and Times is another great Blackbeard book! Blackbeard is my favorite pirate, he truly was a frightening character! A must for all pirate fans!” —Amazon.com reviewer
“This is a compact but entertaining book on the life of Blackbeard. Lee describes how being a pirate was not so notorious during Blackbeard's time when they were virtually raiders on commission. . . . This is a man that once fired two pistols at the kneecaps of two fellow card players from under the table disabling one merely to ensure his reputation as a scoundrel.” —Amazon.com reviewer
“For years I have read about and studied piracy. Blackbeard the Pirate is one of my most dogearred reference books. Everything that is stated in this book has been meticulously footnoted. I've read the book at least twice cover to cover and look up details as I need them for my own writing. I recommend this book to teachers who want to teach facts about piracy to their students. Pirate movies are fun, but they're full of myths and legends and sometimes just a little silly.” —BarnesandNoble.com reviewer