By Anne Salmond

In Bligh, the tale of the main infamous of all Pacific explorers is advised via a brand new lens as an important episode within the heritage of the realm, now not easily of the West. Award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond recounts the triumphs and failures of William Bligh's lifestyles and occupation in a riveting narrative that for the 1st time portrays the Pacific islanders as key gamers. From 1777, Salmond charts Bligh's 3 Pacific voyages with Captain James prepare dinner within the answer, on board the Bounty, and as commander of the windfall. Salmond bargains new insights into the mutiny aboard the Bounty and on Bligh's remarkable 3000-mile trip around the Pacific in a small boat via new revelations from unguarded letters among him and his spouse Betsy. We examine in their passionate courting, and her unstinting loyalty during the trials of his turbulent profession and his struggle to transparent his identify. This fantastically informed tale unearths Bligh as a tremendous ethnographer, including to the paradoxical legacy of the famed seaman. For the 1st time, we pay attention how Bligh and his males have been replaced through their reports within the South Seas, and the way in flip they replaced that island global endlessly. 'Remarkable . . . The mutiny has encouraged a few marvellous books, of which this can be probably the finest.' --Jim Eagles, New Zealand Herald

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