The Bounty by Caroline Alexander
The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty

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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.

About Caroline Alexander

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Caroline Alexander is the author of the New York Times bestseller about Ernest Shackleton, The Endurance, and four previous books. Her articles have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, and National Geographic, among other publications.
Published May 25, 2004 by Penguin Books. 491 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Professional & Technical, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Considering the surfeit of interpretations, it’s not surprising when Alexander concedes that “exactly why, or precisely when Christian had begun to succumb to the pressure of serving under his irascible commander is impossible to ascertain.” She offers fascinating and credible explanations for th...

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And their art is almost as much of a novelty to most art historians as it was to the Thaws when they started to buy it.

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Most historical tomes read like dry rehashes of diary entries and news clips, but Alexander manages to keep things flowing at a quick and easy pace in The Bounty, her attempt to navigate the murky waters of myth about what happened aboard the fabled ship in 1789.

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... What caused the mutiny on the Bounty? The seductions of Tahiti, Bligh's harsh
tongue—perhaps. But more compellingly, a night of drinking and ...

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