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Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly
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Jun 12, 2011

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bookshelves: book-club, nonfiction

Cordingly is certainly knowledgeable about pirates, and Under the Black is flag is excellently sourced. Unfortunately, he's not very good at communicating his knowledge to the rest of us. Honestly, his writing style drove me up a wall. While fiction writers may intentionally choose stream of consciousness as a writing style, it's not very effective for non-fiction. I have never read an author who so clearly had ADD. He begins telling us about one subject, so how the ship Wydah was shipwrecked, gets distracted, and never gets back to it. Not to mention oddly lumped chapters such as "Storms, Shipwrecks, and Life at Sea" and "Sloops, Schooners, and Pirate Films". Cordingly changes between fascinating and headache inducing.

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