Blackbeard's Last Fight

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Blackbeard's Last Fight: Pirate Hunting in North Carolina, 1718

This book tells the dramatic story of the operation mounted to rid the world of Edward Teach, the notorious pirate in the Americas infamously known as Blackbeard.

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Angus is available for lectures and speaking engagements. Angus Konstam makes regular public appearances, giving talks and lectures on a range of historical topics. He has delivered these at a range of events, from small gatherings to full-scale conferences.

British Sailor of the Second World War

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Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate

tells the dramatic story of how the Royal Navy transformed ordinary citizens into first-rate and fearless sailors and navy personnel during World War II.

Bannockburn 1314

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Bannockburn 1314: The First Battle for Independence [Hardcover]

The Battle of Bannockburn on the 24th June 1314 is arguably the most seminal event in Scottish history, and one of the least understood. Bannockburn is a battle that helped define the Britain we know today.


Bannockburn 1314

Bannockburn, Scotland's First Battle for Independence

The Battle of Bannockburn on the 24th June 1314 is arguably the most seminal event in Scottish history, and one of the least understood.

Bannockburn is a battle that helped define the Britain we know today. Seven centuries later, debates on national identity and independence are heavily influenced by the events of 1314. This book, published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the battle, will draw on the latest scholarship and archaeological evidence to provide a fast-paced, highly readable and clear narrative of this important story. It will also explore the modern legacy of the battle, as politicians delve into the past in order to support their vision of the future.

The Civil War Soldier

The Civil War Soldier:

Includes over 700 Key Weapons, Uniforms, & Insignia Hardcover – October 13, 2015

Specially commissioned photographs of more than 700 key artifacts and military equipment bring to life the experiences of Union and Confederate soldiers of all ranks, by exploring the uniforms, weapons, and objects carried by soldiers on both sides. There is an abiding fascination with the Civil War. What personal items did soldiers carry in their haversacks? How did the weaponry differ between ranks? What did the design of each unit's flag symbolize? This is the ultimate quartermaster's locker room—a full-scale armory of detailed information.
This is an essential work for those who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of military life during one of the greatest conflicts in history-especially anyone interested in the widely popular Civil War reenactments. This book offers unique and detailed information about the personal items that a typical soldier carried along with weapons and other military necessities. Selected for their importance to the outcome, the artifacts include Union and Confederate guns, swords, artillery, uniforms, medals, equipment, and much more. Each item is described, photographed, and discussed in detail, making this a superb reference that brings the war to life.



The definitive biography of history's most fearsome and famous pirate

Of all the colorful cutthroats who scoured the seas in search of plunder during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early eighteenth century, none was more ferocious or notorious than Blackbeard. As unforgettable as his savage career was, much of Blackbeard's life has been shrouded in mystery - until now.

Drawing on vivid descriptions of Blackbeard's attacks from his rare surviving victims, pirate expert Angus Konstam traces Blackbeard's career from its beginnings to his final defeat in a tremendous sea battle near his base at Ocracoke Island. Presenting dramatic accounts of the pirate's very effective tactics and his reputation for cruelty, Konstam offers a fascinating examination of the life and business of piracy and the lure of this brutal and bloody trade.

Sovereigns of The Seas

Sovereigns of The Seas

The definitive biography of history'smost fearsome and famous pirate

Savor the story of the ultimate warship in Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship, which chronicles the history of Sovereign of the Seas, an immensely powerful floating fortress.

You will enjoy this gripping tale of an arms race that created and ruined empires, changed the map of the world, and led Europe out of the Renaissance and into the Modern age. Understand how the Sovereign of the Seas became the model for a whole new generation of warships that would dominate naval warfare until the advent of steam power.


Piracy: The Complete History

Piracy isn't a thing of the past - it's actually on the increase! Reports show a sharp rise in pirate attacks over the past year. This definitive new book helps explain why. It chronicles the brutal story of piracy from the earliest times to the present day.

The 368 page, 120,000 word book is the ultimate pirate history book - the one which tells the full story. The swashbuckling text is augmented by over 100 illustrations - many in color - a series of eight specially commissioned maps, plus a glossary of sea terms, notes and a bibliography.

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN-10: 1846032407
ISBN-13: 978-1846032400

Naval Miscellany Naval Miscellany

Naval Miscellany

For armchair admirals, history buffs, and naval enthusiasts everywhere, A Naval Miscellany is an indispensable and entertaining collection of fascinating and often little-known facts, anecdotes, lists, curiosities and stories from our naval past. Forgotten heroes, amazing blunders, surprising trivia, and strange-but-true stories overlooked by historians - it is all here in a book that will enlighten and amaze even the most avid student of naval history.

What was the Nelson touch? Who were the naval heroes of the ancient world, and the world's worst admirals? How do mines work? What is a two-ocean navy? How much did a midshipman get paid in the eighteenth century? What was the Anaconda plan, and what are the origins of sea shanties? Where are the biggest naval bases in the world today? How significant was the use of torpedoes in the American Civil War? When did women first serve at sea? And how does a ship float?


There was a Soldier

For hundreds of years, the Scottish soldier has been recording his experiences. From the War of the Spanish Succession until the deployment of regiments in Iraq, Scottish soldiers have written home with tales of their exploits, or had details of their experiences published in newspapers, regimental histories and books. The result is a wealth of primary information, telling the story of the Scottish soldiers who fought in Europe, America, Africa, India and the Far East.

Included in the collection are letters, lyrics of songs and poems composed by the soldiers themselves, highland anecdotes, extracts from official reports, and even typescripts of interviews. This is the gritty, real-life story of the Scottish soldier, told in his own words.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Hachette Books Scotland
ISBN-10: 0755318617
ISBN-13: 978-0755318612

Naval Miscellany Naval Miscellany

Battle of the North Cape

On 25 December 1943 the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst slipped out Altenfjord in Norway to attack Artic convoy JW55B which was carrying vital war supplies to the Soviet Union. But British naval intelligence knew of the Scharnhorst's mission before she sailed and the vulnerable convoy was protected by a large Royal Naval force including the battleship Duke of York. In effect the Scharnhorst was sailing into a trap. One of the most compelling naval dramas of the Second World War had begun.

Salerno 1943

Salerno 1943

In September 1943, in the first weeks of the Allied campaign to liberate Italy, an Anglo-American invasion force of over 80,000 men was nearly beaten back into the sea by the German defenders in a ferocious ten-day battle at Salerno, south of Naples. This is the story of the tense, bitter struggle around the Salerno beach-head which decided the issue and changed the course of the campaign - for those ten critical days the fate of Italy hung in the balance.

Using documentary records, memoirs and eyewitness accounts from all sides, Angus Konstam recreates every stage of the battle at every level as it happened, day by day, hour by hour. His painstakingly researched account offers a fresh perspective on a decisive battle that has been neglected by British and American historians in recent years, and it gives a fascinating insight into the realities of warfare in Europe 60 years ago.

Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
ISBN-10: 1780962495
ISBN-13: 978-1780962498

The World Atlas of Pirates

The World Atlas of Pirates

By combining stunning cartography with engaging and authoritative text, The World Atlas of Pirates presents the story of piracy in a completely new way. Eighty maps plot the routes that pirates followed - whether crossing the world's great oceans or pursuing their prey through creeks and bays.

Colourful archive illustrations, including photographs and images from England's National Maritime Museum and other historic collections, bring the villains, their ships, and their victims to life. Lively, accessible text by pirate expert Angus Konstam explains how piracy grew and flourished from the early buccaneers to the rogues of popular legends, how it has been snuffed out, and how it has reared its head again with the machine-gun-toting pirates operating on today's high seas.

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Lyons Press
ISBN-10: 1599214741
ISBN-13: 978-1599214740


Angus is the author of over seventy books, many of which are listed here. His most recent books are listed on this page, including There was a Soldier (selected as Waterstone's Scottish Book of the Month for June 2009), the critically acclaimed Sovereigns of the Sea, Piracy: The Complete History, and Blackbeard, his well-received biography of the notorious pirate.

Other titles for various publishers can be found in the following links

Forthcoming Osprey Titles

25 August:  Barbary Pirates, 15th - 17th centuries  (ELI)

25 August:  River Plate 1939: The sinking of the Graf Spee

22 September:  British Commando, 1940-45

20 October:  Nile River Gunboats , 1882-1918  (NVG)