Gilbert Cruz
April 13, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Empire of Blue Water

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Stephan Talty
publisher
Crown
genre
Nonfiction, History

We gave it an A-

Though there’s no tentacle-faced Davy Jones in Empire of Blue Water, Stephan Talty’s vigorous history of 17th-century pirates of the Caribbean will sate even fickle Jack Sparrow fans. Jamaica’s Port Royal (”the wickedest city in the New World”) and England’s fearsome captain Henry Morgan (who considered himself a gentleman soldier) both get star billing. While Talty’s prose flourishes during the multiple, breathtaking battle scenes, he also sheds light on the particulars of pirating — ”a uniquely democratic institution” that offered hazard pay and a primitive form of health insurance. A pleasure to read from bow to stern. A

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST