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Caroline Alexander's account of the mutiny on the Bounty and its aftermath is attempt to get at the truth underlying the various myths that have grown around the incident. Beginning with the arrival of the Pandora, the ship sent to bring the muntineers back to justice, in Tahiti, she uses flashbacks to unfold the background information, the nature of the Bounty's mission, the commisioning of Bligh, the gathering of a crew. She tells of the voyage out, the eventual arrival in Tahiti and the crew's delight in the natives and the country. The mutiny took place just after the ship left for the return, some felt because some of the seamen, Fletcher Christian, the presumed ringleader among them, didn't want to leave the island.
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She goes on to detail Bligh's journey in the open boat, the mutineers landing on Pitcairn Island, the court martial of those eventually caught, and the lives of all involved after the conclusion of the incident. Her essential point seems to be that the picture of the harsh unyeilding Captain Bligh is much overstated.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   19th century History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Navy Nationality?    -   British History of a journey/colonization?    -   Yes Kind of journey?    -   boat travel

Subjects of this Historical Account

From a certain profession/group?    -   naval soldiers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Pacific Islands

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   2 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   3 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Book makes you feel...    -   challenged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   2 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   military Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A lot Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   400-450 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   5 ()

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