The Bounty

The Bounty

The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty

Large Print - 2004
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New York Times Bestselling Author Just before sunrise on the morning of April 18, 1789, in the far reaches of the south pacific, Master's Mate Fletcher Christian and three other men, armed with cutlasses, bayonets and a musket, apprehended Lieutenant William Bligh and placed him and eighteen officers and crewmen in a small boat. This mutiny on board His Majesty's armed transport Bounty impelled every man on a fateful course -- bligh and his loyalists on a historic boat voyage, Christian and his followers on their restless exile.
Publisher: Waterville, ME Thorndike Press, 2004, c2003
ISBN: 9780786260546
Characteristics: 776 p. (large print) : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm


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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

This thoroughly researched account of Lt. William Bligh and the 1789 mutiny aboard the H.M.A.V. Bounty is eminently readable. With extensive use of primary resources, Alexander reveals that contrary to popular memory, Bligh was a fair and light disciplinarian, and that the mutineers were less rebelling against his leadership than they were seduced by Tahitian culture.

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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