The Bounty Author:Caroline Alexander Just before sunrise on the morning of April 28, 1789, in the far reaches of the South Pacific, Master Mate Fletcher Christian and three other men armed with cutlasses, bayonets and a musket, apprehended Lt. William Bligh and placed him and eighteen men in a small boat. This mutiny on board His Majesty's armed transport Bounty impelled every man... more » on a fateful course-Bligh and his loyalists on a historic boat voyage- Christian and his followers on their restless exile. Bligh returned to Britain as a hero, but that was not his final destiny. Ten of the Bounty's crew were eventually captured in Tahiti and brought back to England in irons to face their day in court, and it was in the dynamics and politics of their court-martial and its aftermath that the story we know-or think we know-as the mutiny on the Bounty was shaped.
Combining vivid characterization and deft storytelling, Alexander shatters the centuries-old myths surrounding this story. She brilliantly shows how, in a desperate attempt to save one man from the gallows and another from ignominy, two powerful families came together and began to create the version of history we know today. The true story of the mutiny on the Bounty is an epic of duty and heroism, pride and power, and the assassination of a brave man's honor at the dawn of the Romantic age.« less