#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * From the author of Killers of the Flower Moon, a page-turning story of shipwreck, survival, and savagery, culminating in a court martial that reveals a shocking truth.
The powerful narrative reveals the deeper meaning of the events on The Wager, showing that it was not only the captain and crew who ended up on trial, but the very idea of empire.
Reads like a thriller, tackling a multilayered history–and imperialism–with gusto.
” –Time “A tour de force of narrative nonfiction.
” –The Wall Street Journal 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 nearly 3,000 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 told a very different story.
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 senior officer 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.
#1 纽约时报畅销书 * 出自《花月杀手》一书的作者，这是一个关于海难、生存和野蛮的翻页故事，最终以军事法庭告终，揭示了一个令人震惊的真相。
” –Time “非虚构叙事杰作”。
——《华尔街日报》 1742 年 1 月 28 日，一艘摇摇欲坠的木头和布料拼凑而成的船只冲上了巴西海岸。
他们是 His Majesty’s Ship the Wager 的幸存者，这艘英国船只于 1740 年在与西班牙的帝国战争期间离开英格兰执行秘密任务。
当 Wager 一直在追逐一艘被称为“所有海洋的奖品”的充满宝藏的西班牙大帆船时，它在巴塔哥尼亚海岸外的一个荒凉岛屿上失事。
在被放逐几个月并面临饥饿之后，这些人建造了这艘脆弱的船并航行了一百多天，穿越了将近 3,000 英里的风暴海域。
格兰对英国军舰上隐秘世界的再现可与帕特里克奥布莱恩的作品相媲美，他对遇难者绝望海峡的刻画经得起诸如《坚忍不拔》等生存文学的经典之作，而他对军事法庭的描述也具有敏锐的洞察力斯科特·图罗 (Scott Turow) 的惊悚片。
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