William Bligh was appointed captain of the Bounty on 16 August 1787. Within three years, his reputation was in ruins and he had become firmly established as a tyrant. Five Hollywood movies and more than 200 books later, author Dea Birkett investigates not only why this image remains, but also why today Bligh represents the scuppering of our dreams.

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  • 19980325
  • 19980330