Welcome to AngusKonstam.com
Welcome to the website of Angus Konstam, a widely-published historian, and one of the world's leading authorities on piracy past and present.
Angus is the author of over seventy books, all of which are listed here. His most recent books are highlighted below, and include the critically acclaimed Sovereigns of the Sea, Blackbeard, his best-selling biography of the notorious pirate, and Piracy: The Complete History, which Angus describes as the ultimate book on piracy.
Between them, his History of Pirates and World Atlas of Pirates have sold over 120,000 copies, while his "Historic Atlas" series has attained international sales in excess of a quarter of a million, was translated into eight languages, and won two international awards. Angus has also enjoyed a long-standing relationship with leading military history publishers Osprey, and has written over 50 military and naval history titles for them.
A former naval officer, underwater archaeologist and museum curator, Angus has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, but he now lives in Britain, where he writes full-time, and divides his time between Orkney and Edinburgh. He makes frequent television appearances in Britain and America as a piracy expert and historical "talking head", he gives regular lectures and talks, and he is often asked to speak at book festivals and other literary events. Most of all though, he enjoys the detective work of historical research - putting all the pieces together to make a great story.
Angus will be appearing at the International History Festival (Festival Internazionale della Storia), in Gorzia, Italy, on 24-26th May 2013. There he’ll be talking about piracy, and taking part in panel discussions covering the general theme of bandits, rogues and pirates. For more details visit the Festivals facebook link
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Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious 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. more
Sovereigns of the Sea
This ground-breaking and highly readable book looks at the immense floating fortresses of the Renaissance and the struggle to create the perfect marriage of guns and ships. more
Piracy: The Complete History
This is the only book about pirates you’ll ever need. It strips away centuries of mythology surrounding piracy to reveal the real cutthroats of the seas, from the Ancient World to the present day.