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This majestic naval history of admirals and kings, of murderers and mutineers, sweeps by in full sail as a minute by minute account is given of the famous uprisings at Spithead and The Nore in 1797. The first mutiny, remarkable in that men who had no legal rights managed to extort their just demands from the great autocracy, was regarded as ""respectable"" and all the men were pardoned. The second mutiny at Nore, one of the great military insurrections in history , was not as successful and many a man was hanged from the mast. The sailor's lot under the repressive measures of incompetent George III and Pitt's government, and amidst the French revolution and the courageous Irish attempt at revolt, is presented in great detail and with manifest sympathy. Some may question, if not fault, Dugan for hasty , if not biased judgments of some of the British politicians and public characters of the time who appear; however the research, which is considerable, is superb and prompts respect and also includes some recently discovered material. Third person court testimony has been transposed to first person conversations but is authenticated and thorough acknowledgements appear in the appendices.... The publishers are presenting this book in its full rigging; it is a man's book, a naval man's book certainly, but they hope that it will take full command of the audience reached by Mattingly's The Armada and Tuchman's The Guns of August. However the sphere of interest is more special and the documentation and detail may overwhelm the more general reader.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1965
Publisher: Putnam