Angus Konstam is a prolific author, with over 50 historical titles in print. His piratical titles include The History of Pirates (Lyons Press), Pirates! and Pirates, 1680-1730 and The Pirate Ship. Other publications include History of Shipwrecks, A Historical Atlas of Exploration, and The Spanish Galleon. He studied history and archaeology at the Scottish Universities of Aberdeen and St. Andrews, and is also a former naval officer, an underwater archaeologist and a museum curator. He has advised the archaeologists who excavated Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge, and has made several TV appearances as a piratical "talking head" for the History Channel. He is also the author of Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. The author lives in Edinburgh, UK.