Mutiny: A History of Naval Insurrection

Mutiny: A History of Naval Insurrection

by Leonard F. Guttridge
     
 

Nothing is more terrifying to a seagoing captain than the specter of mutiny, and nothing more riveting than a tale of mutinous deeds. Here Leonard F. Guttridge provides a casebook of mutinies that have occurred over the past two hundred years-from the Magellan expedition to the U.S. aircraft carrier Constellation.

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Nothing is more terrifying to a seagoing captain than the specter of mutiny, and nothing more riveting than a tale of mutinous deeds. Here Leonard F. Guttridge provides a casebook of mutinies that have occurred over the past two hundred years-from the Magellan expedition to the U.S. aircraft carrier Constellation.

"Mutinies make for excellent reading." (The Daily Telegraph)

"Captivating. Leonard F. Guttridge takes his readers on an eloquent historical tour." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

"This is a well-balanced, illuminating treatment of a rather murky subject, handled deftly. A valuable addition to any naval library." (Associated Press)

"A fascinating study of law, discipline, and morale. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

Editorial Reviews

Associated Press
This is a well-balanced, illuminating treatment of a rather murky subject, handled deftly. A valuable addition to any naval library.
KLIATT
The very word "mutiny" conjures up romantic images of sailing vessels, buccaneers, and�inevitably�the colorful tale of HMS Bounty. Yet all navies throughout history have experienced sporadic disobedience and outright rebellion, and a crew's refusal to obey orders is the latent nightmare of any commanding officer. These stories of insurrection afloat will hold the interest of any reader with a passing interest in ships and the sea. Guttridge is an experienced writer of popular history, particularly exploration and maritime affairs, and knows how to hold an audience. Despite the temptations of his subject, his writing style is restrained rather than lurid, and there is enough detail to satisfy the thoughtful reader. Best of all, this collection is full of surprises. Few today have heard of the disgraceful affair on board the brig Somers in 1842, for which the son of the Secretary of War was hanged, but the scandal rang through the young American republic. The Royal Navy has had its own share of mutinies through the years, most notably in the 18th century when an entire flotilla went on strike at Spithead, yet the most recent such event happened at Panama during WW II. And most of the readers who devoured The Hunt For Red October will be surprised to learn that an equally dramatic, but much less successful, event happened aboard a Soviet missile frigate in 1975. Guttridge does full justice to the Bounty affair, of course, but he is equally thorough with the shameful racial "incidents" that took place aboard two U.S. aircraft carriers during the Vietnam era. Recommended to high school libraries and public collections. KLIATT Codes: SA�Recommended for senior highschool students, advanced students, and adults. 1992, Berkley, 320p. illus. references. index.,
Library Journal - Library Journal
Mutiny! The word itself has struck fear into the hearts of naval officers since the inception of organized navies. Yet, as Guttridge demonstrates in this narrative history of modern mutinies, there still is no precise definition of mutiny or mutinous behavior. Beginning with mutiny in the navy of England's George I (1714-27), the author ( Icebound , LJ 6/1/86) provides detailed and fascinating descriptions of such famous mutinies as the Bounty , the Somers, and the Potemkin . He examines modern occurrences, such as those on United States aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War, and discusses the connection between mutiny and morale as a fitting conclusion. This is a fascinating study of law, discipline, and morale as they interact at sea from a historical perspective. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-- Harold N. Boyer, Marple P.L., Broomall, Pa.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591143482
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Series:
Bluejacket Bks.
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.00(d)

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