Having grudgingly accepted that Mark Zuckerberg has taken over the world, I've created Facebook pages for the three books I've published to date. Will post information relevant to their respective subjects on these pages, at least until Facebook goes the way of AOL, VHS, and Byzantium. If you're a fan of any of these books - or interested in their topics - consider 'liking' them to subscribe.
Here's the line-up, for those who've been spared by book length work:
The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down is the most comprehensive history of the pirate gang responsible for 90 percent of our pop culture pirate iconography. No surprise that this one gang included many of the most famous pirates in history: Blackbeard, Sam Bellamy, Charles Vane, the gentleman pirate Stede Bonnet, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack Rackham, and many others. Has its own website as well. (First release: Harcourt, 2007.) Expect lots of news and insights about the golden age of piracy.
The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier is the story of coastal Maine and its people. Find out what Maine is all about, how it got that way, and where it's going. And, yes, you learn about the past and present of lobsters and lobstering as well, which explains the giant decapod Penguin put on the paperback cover. (First release: Viking, 2004.) Expect posts on the past, present, and future of my native state.
Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas is a narrative non-fiction account of the ecological crisis in the world's oceans, with firsthand accounts from Newfoundland, the Belize Barrier Reef, Antarctica, the Black Sea, southern Louisiana, the islands of the Central Pacific, and many points in between. The book shows the situation to be a human tragedy as well as an environmental one, and one caused by ignorance and apathy more than necessity. (First release: Basic, 2000.) Expect updates on the state of the undersea realm and those who rely on it.
But, no, I will not Tweet about any of this, even if it becomes the last form of communication on Earth.
Talking pirates on NHPR
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