September Reading List: Pirates!

In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19), I’ve decided to share a reading list of pirate related books.  Most of these books are historical accounts of actual pirates, like Captain Kidd and Edward Teach (a.k.a., Blackbeard), but there are also a couple works of fiction as well, including the classic Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

If you’re interested in reading about pirates, check out some of these books:

  • Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates by David Cordingly
  • Pirate Hunter of the Caribbean: The Adventurous Life of Captain Woodes Rogers by David Cordingly
  • Seafaring Women by David Cordingly
  • The Pirates Lafitte: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf by William C. Davis
  • The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers by Marine Research Society
  • Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean by Adrian Tinniswood
  • The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard
  • A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates by Charles Johnson
  • The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd by Richard Zacks
  • Empire of Blue Water: Captain Morgan’s Great Pirate Army, the Epic Battle for the Americas, and the Catastrophe That Ended the Outlaw’s Bloody Reign by Stephan Talty
  • The Pirate Primer: Mastering the Language of Swashbucklers and Rogues by George Choundas
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton


Fair winds, me hearties!