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

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Penguin, May 1, 2004 - History - 491 pages
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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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"Awake, bold Bligh! the foe is at the gate!"

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Fletcher Christian's plaintive cry, 'I am in hell-I am in hell,' during the mutiny on the Bounty has haunted and puzzled readers, history and film buffs for over two hundred years. Caroline Alexander ... Read full review

The Bounty: the true story of the mutiny on the Bounty

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Alexander sold 750,000 copies of The Endurance in hardcover alone, so following up with the tale of another shipboard tragedy was probably smart. A 15-city author tour; first serial to The New Yorker. ... Read full review

Contents

PRELUDE
1
PANDORA
5
BOUNTY
37
VOYAGE OUT
78
TAHITI
105
MUTINY
126
RETURN
142
PORTSMOUTH
180
SENTENCE
284
JUDGMENT
303
LATITUDE 25 S LONGITUDE 130 W
346
HOME IS THE SAILOR
379
A NOTE ON SOURCES
411
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
449
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
469
INDEX
473

COURTMARTIAL
217
DEFENSE
249

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 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.

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