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The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty

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More than two centuries have passed since Master's Mate Fletcher Christian mutinied against Lieutenant Bligh on a small, armed transport vessel called Bounty. Why the details of this obscure adventure at the end of the world remain vivid and enthralling is as intriguing as the truth behind the legend.

In giving the Bounty mutiny its historical due, Caroline Alexander has chosen to frame her narrative by focusing on the court-martial of the ten mutineers who were captured in Tahiti and brought to justice in England. This fresh perspective wonderfully revivifies the entire saga, and the salty, colorful language of the captured men themselves conjures the events of that April morning in 1789, when Christian's breakdown impelled every man on a fateful course: Bligh and his loyalists on the historic open boat voyage that revealed him to be one of history's great navigators; Christian on his restless exile; and the captured mutineers toward their day in court. As the book unfolds, each figure emerges as a full-blown character caught up in a drama that may well end on the gallows. And as Alexander shows, it was in a desperate fight to escape hanging that one of the accused defendants deliberately spun the mutiny into the myth we know today-of the tyrannical Lieutenant Bligh of the Bounty.

Ultimately, Alexander concludes that the Bounty mutiny was sparked by that most unpredictable, combustible, and human of situations-the chemistry between strong personalities living in close quarters. Her account of the voyage, the trial, and the surprising fates of Bligh, Christian, and the mutineers is an epic of ambition, passion, pride, and duty at the dawn of the Romantic era.

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"[B]rings the past to life with travel narratives spanning continents and centuries...Alexander's work is destined to become the definitive, enthralling history of a great seafaring adventure." Publishers Weekly

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"Alexander is beating into the wind of more than two centuries of anti-Bligh sentiment. She pulls it off so well that her book at times suffers for being so thorough: a minor gripe compared with her overall accomplishment.... Overall, Alexander has risen to the demands of an epic, adding even more resonance to one of the greatest mysteries of the sea." Eric Sorensen, The Seattle Times

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In giving the "Bounty" mutiny its historical due, Alexander has chosen to frame her narrative by focusing on the court-martial of the ten mutineers who were captured in Tahiti and brought to justice in England. This fresh perspective wonderfully revivifies the entire saga.

Synopsis:

More than two centuries after Masterandrsquo;s Mate Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh on a small, armed transport vessel called Bounty, the true story of this enthralling adventure has become obscured by the legend. Combining vivid characterization and deft storytelling, Caroline Alexander shatters the centuries-old myths surrounding this story. She brilliantly shows how, in a desperate attempt to save one man from the gallows and another from ignominy, two powerful families came together and began to create the version of history we know today. The true story of the mutiny on the Bounty is an epic of duty and heroism, pride and power, and the assassination of a brave manandrsquo;s honor at the dawn of the Romantic age.

Synopsis:

More than two centuries after Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh on a small, armed transport vessel called Bounty, the true story of this enthralling adventure has become obscured by the legend. Combining vivid characterization and deft storytelling, Caroline Alexander shatters the centuries-old myths surrounding this story. She brilliantly shows how, in a desperate attempt to save one man from the gallows and another from ignominy, two powerful families came together and began to create the version of history we know today. The true story of the mutiny on the Bounty is an epic of duty and heroism, pride and power, and the assassination of a brave man’s honor at the dawn of the Romantic age.

About the Author

 Caroline Alexander has written for The New Yorker, Granta, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Outside, and National Geographic and is the author of four previous books.

Table of Contents

The Bounty Ship's Company

Author's Note

Prelude

Pandora

Bounty

Voyage Out

Tahiti

Mutiny

Return

Portsmouth

Court-Martial

Defense

Sentence

Judgment

Latitude 25° S, Longitude 130° W

Home Is The Sailor

A Note on Sources

Select Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670031337
Subtitle:
The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
Author:
Alexander, Caroline
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Australia/Oceania - South Pacific
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Bounty Mutiny, 1789.
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Great britain
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
108-15
Publication Date:
20040525
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two 16-page b/w inserts and one 8-page c
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.6 x 1.15 in 1.16 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "[B]rings the past to life with travel narratives spanning continents and centuries...Alexander's work is destined to become the definitive, enthralling history of a great seafaring adventure."
"Review" by , "Alexander is beating into the wind of more than two centuries of anti-Bligh sentiment. She pulls it off so well that her book at times suffers for being so thorough: a minor gripe compared with her overall accomplishment.... Overall, Alexander has risen to the demands of an epic, adding even more resonance to one of the greatest mysteries of the sea."
"Synopsis" by , In giving the "Bounty" mutiny its historical due, Alexander has chosen to frame her narrative by focusing on the court-martial of the ten mutineers who were captured in Tahiti and brought to justice in England. This fresh perspective wonderfully revivifies the entire saga.
"Synopsis" by ,
More than two centuries after Masterandrsquo;s Mate Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh on a small, armed transport vessel called Bounty, the true story of this enthralling adventure has become obscured by the legend. Combining vivid characterization and deft storytelling, Caroline Alexander shatters the centuries-old myths surrounding this story. She brilliantly shows how, in a desperate attempt to save one man from the gallows and another from ignominy, two powerful families came together and began to create the version of history we know today. The true story of the mutiny on the Bounty is an epic of duty and heroism, pride and power, and the assassination of a brave manandrsquo;s honor at the dawn of the Romantic age.
"Synopsis" by ,
More than two centuries after Master’s Mate Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh on a small, armed transport vessel called Bounty, the true story of this enthralling adventure has become obscured by the legend. Combining vivid characterization and deft storytelling, Caroline Alexander shatters the centuries-old myths surrounding this story. She brilliantly shows how, in a desperate attempt to save one man from the gallows and another from ignominy, two powerful families came together and began to create the version of history we know today. The true story of the mutiny on the Bounty is an epic of duty and heroism, pride and power, and the assassination of a brave man’s honor at the dawn of the Romantic age.
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