At the Point of a Cutlass

The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton

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CutlassAdvance praise for At the Point of a Cutlass:

“Delivers blood-thirsty pirates and plenty of action and excitement on the high seas. …In Ashton’s story, Flemming struck it rich.”

Boston Globe

“A dark and fascinating tale. At the Point of a Cutlass takes us into corners of the pirate life we haven’t been before. …one of the most harrowing survival stories of the colonial era.”

–Stephan Talty, author of Empire of Blue Water, The Illustrious Dead, and Escape from the Land of Snows.

“Flemming’s dramatic history of real pirates is vastly better than the Hollywood version!”

–Markus Rediker, author of Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age, and The Slave Ship: A Human History.

“…a meticulously researched account of an epic survival story…a thrilling voyage.”

— Paul Schneider, author of Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History, and Brutal Journey: Cabeza de Vaca and the Epic First Crossing of North America.

“Flemming’s account of Philip Ashton’s fascinating odyssey is superb.”

— George C. Daughan, author of 1812: The Navy’s War, and The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812.

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