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Author’s Talk, Rebels at Sea with Eric Jay Dolin

Author’s Talk, Rebels At Sea
with best-selling author/historian Eric Jay Dolin Thursday, MAY 26 | 4:00 PM

The heroic story of the founding of the U.S. Navy during the Revolution has been told before, yet missing from most maritime histories of America’s first war is the ragtag fleet of private vessels that truly revealed the new nation’s character — above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos. In Rebels at Sea, Eric Jay Dolin corrects that significant omission, and contends that privateers, though often seen as profiteers at best and pirates at worst, were in fact critical to the Revolution’s outcome. Armed with cannons, swivel guns, muskets, and pikes — as well as government documents granting them the right to seize enemy ships — thousands of privateers tormented the British on the broad Atlantic and in bays and harbors on both sides of the ocean. Abounding with tales of daring maneuvers and deadly encounters, Rebels at Sea presents the American Revolution as we have rarely seen it before.

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of fifteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, which was chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe, and also won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History. His most recent book is A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, which was chosen as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Booklist, LibraryJournal, and the editors at Amazon. It was also selected as a “Must Read” book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book for 2021. Prior to A Furious Sky, he published Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America’s Most Notorious Pirates, which was chosen as a “Must Read” book for 2019 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and was a finalist for the 2019 Julia Ward Howe Award given by the Boston Author’s Club. His forthcoming book — Rebels At Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution, to be published on May 31, 2022. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his PhD in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family.

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