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On Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 5:30 pm, Eric Jay Dolin is coming to the Newport Historical Society to discuss his latest book, Black Flags, Blue Waters: An Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates, published by Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton.

Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”—spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s—when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and the Indian Ocean. In this talk and slide presentation, bestselling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of colonial solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Dolin depicts the star pirates of this period, among them towering Blackbeard, ill-fated Captain Kidd, and sadistic Edward Low, who delighted in torturing his prey. Upending popular misconceptions and cartoonish stereotypes, Black Flags, Blue Waters provides a wholly original account of the seafaring outlaws whose raids reflect the precarious nature of American colonial life.

Eric Jay Dolin is the bestselling author of Leviathan and Brilliant Beacons.  He and his family live in Marblehead, Massachusetts. For more information about Eric Jay Dolin, please go to his website https://www.

Eric Jay Dolin

Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates” will take place at the Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI, 02840. To reserve your seat, RSVP at or by calling 401-846-0813. The book will be available for purchase through the Museum of Newport History & Shop once published and from the Newport Historical Society at the presentation.

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This program is generously sponsored by the Harborside Inn.

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