The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
In giving the Bounty mutiny its historical due, Caroline Alexander has c ...more
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. The ship was n ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
After all the scholars ...more
Alexander’s book goes in ...more
I'd always assumed that Bligh was a tyrant and Christian somewhat justified in rebelling against him, but the real st ...more
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 ...more
However, it does seem to me that the book spends proportionally too much time on the court martial and Peter Haywoo ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Bligh has gathered a small crew of 40-some teen-age and very young men. He is a martinet. When he says jump, you jump. One of the egregious activit ...more
Fascinating book highlighting the importance of archives...
Using diaries, ship’s musters, public and private logs, private correspondence, lieutenants’ certificates, hospital records, invoices, seaman’s wills and the proceedings of the courts martial trial Columbia University trained classics professor and historian Caroline Alexander weaves a fascinating tale of late eighteenth century British naval life and sheds new insight into one of the most famous stories ever told of treachery on the hig...more
I was glad I did. The facts are that Captain Bligh was not ...more
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 ...more
A 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, agains ...more