It is hard to find anyone who does not like a good pirate yarn, at least in some form. Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates (Liveright, $29.95) scratches that itch for fans of American history. Eric Jay Dolin takes a look at the history of piracy and its relation to the American colonies, from the good times, when colonists benefited from trade with the pirates, to the bad times when pirates turned their sights on the colonies and states themselves. Black Flags Blue Waters benefits from an immense amount of research, and the concise but eloquent prose for which Dolin, also the author of Fur, Fortune, and Empire, is known. If you love American history, maritime history, or anything to do with pirates, this might just be the book for you.
Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates by Eric Jay Dolin