The Bounty

The Bounty

The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin, 2004, c2003
ISBN: 9780142004692
0142004693
Branch Call Number: 996.18 Ale 6939
Characteristics: 491 p. :,ill. (some col.), maps

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Mar 05, 2014

I enjoyed this book of 410 pages about the famous mutiny. Read it if you want to learn the true story of what happened (versus the incomplete and distorted version as presented by the 1962 film starring Marlon Brando). You might find it handy to make a copy of the Ship's Company in order to refer to the names of the 44 sailors on the Bounty other than Lieutenant Bligh and Fletcher Christian. I just wish the chapter ( titled "Portsmouth") were shorter although I understand the need to detail the background of the court-martial judges. I appreciated the follow-up information about the men on the Bounty after the trials ended.

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