by Julie HaleJuly, 2004
Alexander's best-selling, painstakingly researched narrative delves deep into the mystery of history's most famous nautical mutiny. During a 1787 voyage from England to the South Pacific, rebellion broke out on the Bounty, pitting Lt. William Bligh against shipmate Fletcher Christian and his unhappy band of mutineers. Bligh was stripped of authority, forced off the Bounty and left to drift on the ocean in a 23-foot boat, along with a group of loyal followers. Bligh's remarkable return to England after 48 days at sea a 3,600-mile cruise is recounted here, as Alexander presents a redeeming portrait of the controversial seaman. Her treatment of Christian and the captured mutineers, who were court-martialed, is lively and vivid, filled with authentic quotes taken from crew members' correspondence and from court documents.