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The Wager : a tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder  Cover Image Large Print Material Large Print Material

The Wager : a tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder / David Grann.

Grann, David, (author.).

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  • ISBN: 0593678257
  • ISBN: 9780593678251
  • ISBN: 9780593678251
  • ISBN: 0593678257
  • Physical Description: xv, 492 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Large Print edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print in association with Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2023]

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General Note:
"Maps designed by Jeffrey L. Ward"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [377]-467) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"On January 28, 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. They were survivors of His Majesty's Ship the Wager, a British vessel that had left England in 1740 on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. While the Wager had been chasing a Spanish treasure-filled galleon known as "the prize of all the oceans," it had wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia. The men, after being marooned for months and facing starvation, built the flimsy craft and sailed for more than a hundred days, traversing 2500 miles of storm-wracked seas. They were greeted as heroes. But then ... six months later, another, even more decrepit craft landed on the coast of Chile. This boat contained just three castaways, and they had a very different story to tell. The thirty sailors who landed in Brazil were not heroes - they were mutineers. The first group responded with countercharges of their own, of a tyrannical and murderous captain and his henchmen. It became clear that while stranded on the island the crew had fallen into anarchy, with warring factions fighting for dominion over the barren wilderness. As accusations of treachery and murder flew, the Admiralty convened a court martial to determine who was telling the truth. The stakes were life-and-death-for whomever the court found guilty could hang. The Wager is a grand tale of human behavior at the extremes told by one of our greatest nonfiction writers. Grann's recreation of the hidden world on a British warship rivals the work of Patrick O'Brian, his portrayal of the castaways' desperate straits stands up to the classics of survival writing such as The Endurance, and his account of the court martial has the savvy of a Scott Turow thriller. As always with Grann's work, the incredible twists of the narrative hold the reader spellbound. Most powerfully, he unearths the deeper meaning of the events, showing that it was not only the Wager's captain and crew who were on trial - it was the very idea of empire"--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Wager (Ship)
Shipwrecks > Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Shipwreck victims > Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Shipwreck victims > Great Britain.
Mutiny > Great Britain.
Genre: Large type books.
Large print books.
True crime stories.

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Black Rock Branch - Bridgeport L.T. 910.9164 GRANN (Text) 34000151422581 Adult Nonfiction Large Type Checked out 08/05/2024
Douglas Library of Hebron FIC GRA (Text) 33400155492732 Adult New Large Type Checked out 08/03/2024
Edith Wheeler Memorial Library - Monroe LP 910.9164 GRANN (PBK) (Text) 34026152489162 Adult Large Type Available -
Kent Memorial Library - Suffield NEW LARGE PRINT 910.91 (Text) 32518155704151 Adult Large Type Checked out 07/29/2024
Killingworth Library Association LP 910.9164 (Text) 33420155563506 Adult Large Type Checked out 08/08/2024
Mark Twain Library Association - Redding 910.9164 Gra LP (Text) 33620153745282 Adult Large Type Available -
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