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Wed, Aug 17


Mattapoisett Public Library

Rebels at Sea by Eric Jay Dolin Co-Sponsored with the Mattapoisett Library

American privateers were ‘at the very center of the patriotic cause during the Revolutionary War, according to this spirited account . . . —Publishers Weekly

Rebels at Sea by Eric Jay Dolin Co-Sponsored with the Mattapoisett Library
Rebels at Sea by Eric Jay Dolin Co-Sponsored with the Mattapoisett Library

Time & Location

Aug 17, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow St, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, USA

About the Event

Mattapoisett Museum & the Mattapoisett Library are co-sponsoring a book talk with author Eric Jay Dolin. This talk is part of the Mattapoisett Library’s Purrington Lecture Series.

Limited copies of Rebels at Sea are available for purchase in the Museum gift shop during our regular hours, Thursday-Sunday 12 pm -4 pm.

Eric Jay Dolin is the author of fifteen books, including Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America, chosen as one of the best nonfiction books of 2007 by the Los Angeles Times and the Boston Globe and won the 2007 John Lyman Award for U.S. Maritime History. His most recent book before Rebels at Sea is A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes, which was a Kirkus Prize finalist, and chosen as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, Booklist, Library Journal, and the editors at Amazon. It was also selected as a "Must Read" book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book for 2021. Before 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. A graduate of Brown, Yale, and MIT, where he received his Ph.D. in environmental policy, Dolin lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his family.

Rebels At Sea: Privateering in the American Revolution

The best-selling author of Black Flags, Blue Waters reclaims the daring freelance sailors who proved essential to winning the Revolutionary War.

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, from 20-foot whaleboats to 40-cannon men-of-war, that truly revealed the new nation’s character―above all, its ambition and entrepreneurial ethos. In Rebels at Sea, best-selling historian Eric Jay Dolin corrects that significant omission and contends that privateers, though often seen as profiteers at best and pirates at worst, were critical to the Revolution’s outcome. Armed with cannons, swivel guns, muskets, and pikes―and 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.

Registration for this event is through the Mattapoisett Public Library and can be done here: or by calling the Mattapoisett Public Library at 508-758-4171

This event is free, but donations are always appreciated.------>

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