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

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


By (author) Caroline Alexander

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 491 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 33mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142004693
  • ISBN 13: 9780142004692
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 302,361

Product description

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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Author information

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

Review quote

"Stirring. . . With this and her previous book, The Endurance, she has made the wondrous genre of open-boat-voyage narratives still more wondrous. . . . A sea mist hangs over this age-old tale. Alexander dispels it to the reader's fascinaton."

Table of contents

The BountyShip'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