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This review is from: The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty (Paperback)
If you want to know what really happened on the Bounty and Bligh's real character - rather than the Hollywood myth - then this book is essential reading.
Hollywood (and earlier accounts) portray Bligh as a mean and vicious brute who cared nothing for his men; the truth is very, very different. This is a readable but detailed historical account of what happened before, during and after the mutiny. There is plenty of background so that you can clearly understand what happened and how the myth came to be born. If you're looking for a rip-roaring yarn (as one reveiwer clearly was) then buy a novel, this is an education.
Bligh was a truly remarkable seaman and well ahead of his time in terms of his attitude to the welfare of the men under his command, some of it no doubt picked up during his time as Captain Cook's navigator.
I agree with the reviewer who said more maps would be helpful and would add that more specific references to dates would also help (perhaps in the form of margin notes). Alexander jumps to and fro in the timescale, which is fine but you do (or at least I did) sometimes lose track of which year you're in. Nonetheless, it is a superb book! One that I have read twice now and will doubtless read again.