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

The Bounty The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty The bestselling author of The Endurance reveals the startling truth behind the legend of the Mutiny on the Bounty the most famous sea story of all time More than two centuries have passed since Fletch

  • Title: The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
  • Author: Caroline Alexander
  • ISBN: 9780006532460
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • The bestselling author of The Endurance reveals the startling truth behind the legend of the Mutiny on the Bounty the most famous sea story of all time More than two centuries have passed since Fletcher Christian mutinied against Lt Bligh on a small armed transport vessel called Bounty Why the details of this obscure adventure at the end of the world remain vivid andThe bestselling author of The Endurance reveals the startling truth behind the legend of the Mutiny on the Bounty the most famous sea story of all time More than two centuries have passed since Fletcher Christian mutinied against Lt Bligh on a small armed transport vessel called Bounty Why the details of this obscure adventure at the end of the world remain vivid and enthralling is as intriguing as the truth behind the legend Caroline Alexander focusses on the court martial of the ten mutineers captured in Tahiti and brought to justice in Portsmouth Each figure emerges as a richly drawn character caught up in a drama that may well end on the gallows With enormous scholarship and exquisitely drawn characters, The Bounty is a tour de force.

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    1. It all started with breadfruit.A guy called Joseph Banks spotted it when he was with Captain Cook on Tahiti. Joseph Banks later became a major ideas man and fixer for the British Empire ™ which was at that point in Phase One (steal anything that’s not nailed down in which case steal the nails and then steal it). There was a problem in the West Indian colonies – the poor slaves needed better food. As elegantly expresses itThe late-18th-century quest for cheap, high-energy food sources for [...]

    2. What an epic true story! It has all the classic ingredients – conflict, romance, exploration of strange lands and survival in dire circumstances.The true hero is Bligh. Ms Alexander brings out all the historical revisionism that has occurred since that era. We tend to look at these ships’ Captains (Bligh was actually a Lieutenant) as tyrants. Indeed they were – but in the context of the era it was “normal” to insult and lash your sailors – insubordination was simply not tolerated. Th [...]

    3. This is an amazing book. We are familiar with the story of the Bounty, captained by William Bligh, and the mutiny, headed by Fletcher Christian but the story has morphed over the years into more of a myth. The author attempts to set the record straight but since there are so many factions for and against Bligh and Christian, that it is a matter of sorting through the conflicting stories and deciding on whose side you fall. And with that said, I can say that it is really not possible to place bla [...]

    4. I was really excited to continue my obsession with seafaring adventures and open boat journeys. This book, while well researched, gets so bogged down in the details of every person ever connected with any part of the story, that you never get a clear idea of what is going on. Perhaps if you were already familiar with the story of the Bounty (which I am not) and you really want to know extensive details like the biographies of the 12 Sea Captains who sat on the Court Martial of the mutineers, thi [...]

    5. " I picked up this book simply for some light bedtime reading and promptly lost a full night's sleep because I couldn't put it down. Alexander's painstakingly reconstructed narrative of the iconic mutiny is absolutely spellbinding.One has to admire the stamina of any historian who pours through thousands of pages of two-hundred year old letters, transcripts of courts martial, popular accounts in contemporaneous circulation and standard historical books on the subject. This is an achievement whic [...]

    6. Duty and a pile of coconutsI was surprised while reading this book that no one I spoke with had ever heard of "the mutiny on the Bounty." In 1789, Lieutenant William Bligh sailed his ship, the Bounty, to the beautiful island of Tahiti. He'd been there before with Captain James Cook, but now his goal wasn't exploration but commerce: he was to obtain breadfruit plants to start plantations in the West Indies. Bligh was a conscientious captain who looked out for the health and welfare of his men, ev [...]

    7. urely this exhaustingly-researched, enthralling and enthusiastically-written tome is the last word on the most famous of all seafaring mutinies, that of shipmate Fletcher Christian and against Lieutenant Bligh on the Bounty. More than 200 years have gone by since the ship left England after dreadful weather kept it harbored for months, on its mission to transport breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies. The mutiny in Tahiti left the mutineers scattered about the paradisiacal islands and found [...]

    8. A really interesting read. My main complaint was that one of the first chapters of the book details what happened to the mutineers after the mutiny, but I didn't know who any of them were yet since I hadn't read the part of the book that actually deals with the mutiny. And then, after the bulk of the book has happened, the author doesn't revisit where the mutineers went with the boat and what life they lived before being picked up to answer for their crimes. So randomly in the middle of the book [...]

    9. I expected this book to be excellent simply by virtue of having been written by Caroline Alexander, whose previous work, The Endurance, was outstanding. If you haven't read that one and you are interested in Shackleton, I strongly suggest you find a copy and read it. The Bounty is another one of those marvelous histories, which although documented (sources for each chapter are given at the end & thus there are no footnote encumbrances), reads likes a novel. I literally could not put this boo [...]

    10. Read in January, 2006 review: The Mutiny on the Bounty has always been one of my top 5 favorite books and I've read socialogical studies about Pitcairns Island and other odd bits and pieces. I suppose of the three films made, The Bounty, the last, is the closest to the actual relationship between Bligh and Christian. I don't know why no one has taken the story on to life on Pitcairn. For some reason it's Pitcairn that's always intrigued me the most. This book, is really interesting, I think. If [...]

    11. As I only knew the story of the mutiny from the movies, I was surprised at what I learned here. This book is a thorough accounting of the complete story. At first, I didn't understand the strategy she took in writing this, as Alexander begins with the moment Britain learned there had been a mutiny, and the steps taken to prosecute it. It's only later in the book that you learn the possible reasons, and the mysterious fate of the Bounty and Fletcher Christian. Getting to the courtmartial is somew [...]

    12. An excellent account of both the mutiny itself, ultimately inexplicable as it is, and of its complex aftermath. The consequences of those confusing hours aboard the Bounty in 1788 played out over many decades, and Alexander's account of the multiple competing attempts to reduce them to a satisfying narrative is particularly interesting. Fletcher Christian, the leader of the mutineers, is impossible to know. He disappears under the layers of myth that subsequently gathered around him. Peter Heywo [...]

    13. “All our experience with history should teach us, when we look back, how badly human wisdom is betrayed when it relies on itself” ~Martin Luther Warning: the following review contains historical facts that may be considered spoilers if you desire to read this book without previous knowledge of the events.I love to read books about people and events that I know little to nothing about. I had certainly heard of Captain Bligh and the Mutiny on the Bounty, but that was the extent of my knowledge [...]

    14. A throughly researched and well written telling of the Bounty and the men who sailed on her. A complete narration of all that happened. Would highly recommend.

    15. An enlightening story on history's most famous mutiny, the context behind it, and the consequences.

    16. The BountyA completely thorough and exhaustive history of just about every aspect of this case in which the author has intended to reverse the negative opinions of the infamous Lieutenant Bligh. I what we can now refer to as Exhibit A in Bligh’s defense is his astonishing navigation in the Bounty’s launch which immediately became something of a legend in British maritime circles.After Fletcher Christian had put him and the loyalists into the Bounty’s launch off the island of Tofua, Bligh, [...]

    17. The Bounty is a truly amazing work of scholarhip; Ms. Alexander seems to have read every scrap of information regarding the mutiny and the subsequent lives of all persons involved. She lays out the problems with the voyage, the petty dictates of a class conscious society, the trials of men at sea with nowhere to go to get away from those they dislike, and how the trivial becomes paramount due to this closeness. For all these reasons, the book should have five stars. But After all the scholarship [...]

    18. My husband and I decided to listen to Caroline Alexander’s The Bounty after listening to Bligh’s daily log account of the infamous Mutiny on The H.M.S. Bounty. We were hoping to clear up some questions we had regarding Bligh and his character. If you’ve ever watched any of the movies that depict the mutiny, you can’t help but come away with a bad taste in your mouth for Bligh. He is portrayed as the villain and Fletcher Christian appears to be justified in his rebellion. Alexander’s bo [...]

    19. I don't enjoy sailing. My interest in history generally begins with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and proceeds forward. And yet, I have now read not one, but TWO books dealing with 18th-century British sailors (Captains Cook and Bligh). The book on Cook was a travel novel, taking the reader along the path of Captain Cook in both the historical and current sense. But The Bounty deals from a purely historical perspective, interweaving sailors' journals, letters, and even court martial transcripts to p [...]

    20. Like most people, I'd heard of the story of the mutiny on the i>Bounty, of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian, and the colony on the Pitcairn Islands - but I never knew very much more. This was a wonderful read; I honestly could not put it down; and I felt I learned much more than just about the mutiny itself, about Tahiti, and navigation, and the history of the British Navy.I'd always assumed that Bligh was a tyrant and Christian somewhat justified in rebelling against him, but the real st [...]

    21. My husband and I listened to this book on our drive to and from Massachusetts. We both really enjoyed it, though I think it would be an easier book to read rather than to listen to.For listening, the narrator was very good and fit the story. There were a couple times when it sounded like a completely different narrator started reading, but then the voice would evolve back to the one we were familiar with. That was very strange. Also, the first part of the book isn't chronological, which makes li [...]

    22. This is an informative and interesting presentation of Bligh’s mission on the Bounty and the events which followed. The book lends particular focus on how the Haywood and Christian families “spun” the tale after the fact to make the mutineers seem more “noble” and Bligh more “evil”. As far as I can tell, it’s a straight-up, honest and well-researched account of what really happened.However, it does seem to me that the book spends proportionally too much time on the court martial [...]

    23. The Bounty still sails, maintaining its place in the popular imagination. It wasn’t much of a ship, really – an ordinary three-masted merchant vessel – but it ranks with Jason of Thessaly’s Argo among those ships that have entered the realm of myth. It is the centerpiece of an epic story of love, adventure, conflict, survival, and of course mutiny. And the reader who wants a truly thorough recounting of the saga of the Bounty would do well to consult Caroline Alexander’s The Bounty (20 [...]

    24. I am not someone who usually enjoys the type of history that lists fact after fact or overwhelms one with dates. I'm a character/narrative junky. This author managed to find the perfect balance between clearly presenting facts and moving the story forward, while at the same time giving a rich, nuanced analysis of the personalities and politics involved in the myth building that happened around the mutiny. And lovely little snippets of dry/wry commentary. I.E when she noted that Fletcher Christia [...]

    25. Probably the most famous mutiny of all time. I live in the South Pacific, not too far from Bligh Passage, which obviously is named after the much maligned captain of the Bounty. What Alexander does is depict Bligh as a more humanitarian figure than he is usually depicted, claiming that he was given a bad press. This is probably true.What I've known for years is that the mutiny occurred because of the Tahitian women. The mutineers loved the sultry Polynesian maidens they spent five months with be [...]

    26. The story of the mutiny on the British ship Bounty near Tahiti in 1789. It is the classic story of Fletcher Christian, Captain Bligh, tropical paradise, breadfruit trees, etc. The story is told in tremendous detail, including discussion of the aftermath and the fates of all the participants in the affair. The story especially focuses on the story of Peter Hayward, an officer and protege of Bligh's who may or may not have participated in the mutiny. Hayward was captured in Tahiti and brought back [...]

    27. Very well researched and extremely thought provoking. The main issue is that the book opens up more questions than it settles disputes. The part of the book that I found most satisfying was in dealing with the celebrity status that Fletcher attains. When viewing things historically through the framework of the French Revolution, we see the rise of individualism and romanticism take root. Bligh represented the aristocratic age while Fletcher "championed" a new future of adventure. It didn't hurt [...]

    28. Yet another nautical history book. I've known the general background of the Bounty and seen several Hollywood versions, but have never read an actual book about it.Not surprising most of what I knew was wrong; Captain Bligh was really Lieutenant Bligh, Mr. Christian was his protege and had they sailed together before, while Bligh not have been the most pleasant of men, he wasn't that bad compare to his contemporaries and was a very skilled navigator. Most important we don't really know what the [...]

    29. This book was great for finding out the "rest of the story" about the mutiny on the ship called The Bounty. I found it a bit slow reading at times though and became bogged down in some of the endless details that were offered. Not sure I would recommend it to anyone unless you are a die hard ship story person. For an abbreviated version if you just want the facts - watch the 1980's movie "The Bounty" starring Mel Gibson. Accurate in it's presentation and it saves you from the boring details.

    30. Oh, for an editor who was not afraid to delete extraneous material!!! The Endurance was so good; I really looked forward to reading The Bounty. Note to author (and editor): just because you found it in your research does not mean you have to include it in the book. I would not recommend this book - although I did slog all the way through it.

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