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Product Details

  • Series: Raid (Book 37)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (June 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780961952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780961958
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.3 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 50 books, 30 of which are published by Osprey. This acclaimed and widely published author has written several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates, and Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D.S.Thurlow TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2013
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"Blackbeard's Last Fight" is a well-written entry in the Osprey Raid Series. It details the 1718 expedition sent by the Governor of the British Colony of Virginia to destroy the notorious pirate in his North Carolina lair. The raid had both a land and a sea component, and the unusual feature of having been conducted into the territory of another colony.

Author Angus Konstam briefly revisits the golden age of piracy in North American waters, before moving on to the career of Edward Teach, AKA Blackbeard. Blackbeard's bold attacks along the Atlantic seaboard, including the daring blockade of Charlestown, South Carolina, brought him to the attention of Governor Spotswood of Virginia. Spotswood organized a joint attack against Blackbeard's base of operations at Ocracoke Island in North Carolina, sending two small sloops under Royal Navy control by sea and a column of pirate hunters overland.

Konstam describes the day of Blackbeard's last fight in exciting detail, weaving together various official and unofficial accounts. The narrative is very nicely supported by maps, diagrams, photographs, period depictions of Blackbeard, and some well-done modern illustrations. An epilogue deals with the crime and punishment of the surviving pirates.

"Blackbeard's Last Fight" is a fascinating if concise account of piracy and pirate-hunting, built around the expedition that ended Blackbeard's career. This reviewer enjoyed the author's ability to parse through the various accounts and popular myths of the fight to arrive at a plausible and very readable historical summary; recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Dondershine on July 25, 2014
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Informative and well illustrated, but three separate maps are rendered completely unreadable by being chopped into quarters on the Kindle. Not worth it because of this. Stick to the print version. Frankly I don't think Amazon should be allowed to sell books like this without a disclaimer that some content is unreadable not "meant for large screens."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick on March 28, 2014
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Almost everyone has heard of Blackbeard in one form or the other. This book strips away the myth and gives the reader a better understanding of the man and the times. The book cleared up several misconceptions that I had concerning Blackbird, the Pirates, and the times.
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