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Collection: 7-day Books
Call Number: 910.9 Grann
Author: Grann, David,
Title: The Wager :
Remainder of title: a tale of shipwreck, mutiny and murder /
Summary, etc. note: "From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon and The Lost City of Z, a mesmerizing story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth 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"--

International Standard Book Number: 9780385534260
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: (hardcover)
Canceled/invalid ISBN: 9780385534260
Description conventions: rda
Authentication code: pcc
Geographic area code: s-ag---
Geographic area code: s-cl---
Geographic area code: e-uk---
Classification number: G530.W25
Edition number: 23/eng20221202
Classification number: 910.9164/1
Relator term: author.
Statement of responsibility, etc.: David Grann.
Edition statement: First edition.
Place of publication: New York, NY
Name of publisher: Doubleday
Date of publication: 2023
Projected publication date: 2304
: New York :
: Doubleday,
: [2023]
Extent: xiii; 327 p.; 24 cm.
Other physical details: Maps on endpapers; 16 p. plates
Accompanying material: Includes bibliographical references & index.
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Bibliography, etc. note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
: Provided by publisher.
Source of acquisition: Donated by Andrew Feniman 05/19/2023
Purchase price: $ 30.00
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Corporate name or jurisdiction name as entry element: Wager (Ship)
Subject: Shipwrecks
Subject: Shipwreck victims
Subject: Shipwreck victims
Subject: Mutiny
Geographic subdivision: Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Geographic subdivision: Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Geographic subdivision: Great Britain.
Geographic subdivision: Great Britain.
Main entry heading: Grann, David.
Edition: First edition.
Place, publisher, and date of publication: New York : Doubleday, [2023]
Display text: Print version:
Title: Wager
Record control number: (DLC) 2022028630
International Standard Book Number: 9780385534260
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: 2022-12-06

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