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Morgan gathered disaffected European sailors and soldiers, hard-bitten adventurers, runaway slaves, and vicious cutthroats, and turned them into the most feared army in the Western Hemisphere. Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and a cast of characters more compelling, bizarre, and memorable than any found in a Hollywood swashbuckler, Empire of Blue Waters brilliantly recreates the passions and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.
"Talty strips away the legend to recreate a pivotal era in this accessible portrait of the pirates of the Caribbean." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Jack on 11-11-08
Captain Morgan and his motley crew were certainly outcasts of that society but also the unofficial attack arm of the early imperialistic aims of the English government. Without his actions, the Spanish would have made a stronger foothold in North America and the history of the USA would have been very different. The book and narrator is excellent. The description of the earthquake is vivid and interesting.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Neil on 10-09-12
Fitting Title as it was Morgans Empire
I only knew a little of the Admiral Captain Morgan, but Morgan was the right man to manage the unruly pirates, or privateers as they thought of themselves. They even had positive names for there ships, Endeavor, and Satisfaction. The pirates had all the advantages, surprise, sanctioned by England, and they got all the loot. While the Spanish were inexperienced and underpaid.
If you like history, and to get a true version of pirates (not Hollywoods) then this is a great book for you. I read it quickly, and I will seek out the narrator in the future.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful