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Bligh, Master Mariner by Rob Mundle
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Sep 24, 11

bookshelves: read-2011
Read from September 12 to 25, 2011 — I own a copy

I cannot praise this book highly enough! It is quite simply superb. The writing is vivid, and Mundle's enthusiasm for his subject is contagious.

This is a very sympathetic biography of Bligh, emphasising his considerable skills as a sailor and a captain, and rejecting his characterisation in popular history as a tyrant. As Mundle tells it, I was left with the impression that the voyage of HMS Bounty was doomed to serious problems from its outset, but for reasons quite unconnected with Bligh's character. Furthermore, the author offers an explanation of why history has characterised Bligh the way that it has.

I learned a lot about Bligh and his voyages, and was left wanting to know him and his world better. Highly recommended to those who love ships and the sea.
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