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David Head is a historian, author, and lecturer of history at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and distinguished faculty fellow in history at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro. Originally from Western New York, he received his B.A. in history from Niagara University and his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

A Republic of Scoundrels is David's fifth book. He previously published A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution (Pegasus Books, 2019). It received honorable mention in the Journal of the American Revolution's 2020 Best Book Award competition and was a finalist for the 2020 George Washington Prize and Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United States in the Early Republic (University of Georgia Press, 2015), which won Mystic Seaport Museum's 2016 John Gardner Maritime Research Award.

He is the editor of Encyclopedia of the Atlantic World, 1400–1900: Europe, Africa, and the Americas in an Age of Exploration, Trade, and Empires (ABC-CLIO, 2017) and The Golden Age of Piracy: The Rise, Fall, and Enduring Popularity of Pirates (University of Georgia Press, 2018).

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