Guttridge, Leonard F. Mutiny; a history of naval insurrection.Berkley. 320p. illus. references index. c1992. 0-425-18321-1. $14.00. SA
The very word "mutiny" conjures up romantic images of sailing vessels, buccaneers Buccaneers can refer to:
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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 frigate (frĭg`ĭt), originally a long, narrow nautical vessel used on the Mediterranean, propelled by either oars or sail or both. Later, during the 18th and early 19th cent. 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 Vietnam Era is a term used by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to classify veterans of the Vietnam War. The Vietnam Era is considered to have begun in 1964 and ended in 1975. The U.S. Congress, U.S. . Recommended to high school libraries and public collections. Raymond L. Puffer puffer, common name for some tropical marine fish of the family Tetraodontidae. The puffers and their allies, the boxfish, the porcupinefish, and the ocean sunfish or headfish, form an odd group (order Tetraodontiformes). , Ph.D., Historian, Edwards Air Force Base Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. , CA