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The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard
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The Republic of Pirates

Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down

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Narrator Lewis Grenville
Length 13 hours 26 minutes
Language English
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The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world

In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, “Black Sam” Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates—former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves—this “Flying Gang” established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires. And for a brief, glorious period, the Republic was a success.

Colin Woodard is the author of numerous books, including Ocean’s End: Travels through Endangered Seas, American Nations: A History of Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, The Lobster Coast, and many others. He is a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Lewis Grenville is an audiobook narrator and actor whose extensive theater credits include Camelot, Cabaret, 1776, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar. His other credits include narrator and spokesperson roles in corporate, promotional, and training films for many high profile corporations and government agencies. He has narrated National Geographic’s Puzzles from the Past, and his television credits include One Life to Live.

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Reviews

“Adds a new dimension to an era that was, in equal parts, thrilling and disturbing…[with] rip-roaring adventure stories from a distant past [and]…an opportunity to understand pirates as they truly were—and be grateful that the worst of them, at least, are gone.”

“Myth-busting chronicle of the so-called golden age of piracy….[Woodard] challenges what we think we know about these ruffians, dispelling notions of dictatorial rule aboard ship in favor of an image of egalitarianism.”

“Meticulously researched and thrillingly told…Woodard brings this slice of outlaw history gloriously to life.”

“One of the most realistic views ever of the Golden Age of Piracy in the 1700s…Narrative history at its best.”

“A well-researched book that goes far beyond the popular visions of pirates in movies and novels.”

“As colorful and exciting as fiction…Woodard’s thrilling narrative neatly navigates the Caribbean’s dangerous seas.”

“Finds contemporary resonance in an unexpected place: the story of how a group of pirates organized a surprisingly egalitarian society in the Caribbean–and how they ran afoul of the empires of the day.”

“This amazing tale is adroitly narrated by Lewis Grenville…His deep, somewhat gravelly yet resonant voice never wavers.”

“Woodard tells a romantic story about Caribbean pirates of the ‘Golden Age’ (1715–1725)—whom he sees not as criminals but as social revolutionaries…A fast-paced narrative that will be especially attractive to lovers of pirate lore and to vacationers who are Bahamas-bound.”

“This breezy, fast-moving book is filled with exciting action and colorful characters. It will provide general readers and those with a special interest in the period much enjoyment.”

“While American piracy extends from the 1600s until almost the end of the nineteenth century, the real heyday was the brief span of 1715 to 1725 that Colin Woodard covers brilliantly in The Republic of Pirates. This is the first incisive look at the world of Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Anne Bonny, and their compatriots, and it illuminates as never before one of the most storied yet misunderstood episodes in our past.”

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