By Anne Salmond
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WINNER OF THE 2013 leading MINISTER'S LITERARY AWARD FOR AUSTRALIAN historical past WINNER OF THE 2012 MANNING CLARK residence nationwide CULTURAL AWARD recommended FOR THE FAW EXCELLENCE IN NON-FICTION AWARD For Australia, a brand new kingdom with a comparatively small inhabitants, the loss of life of 60,000 infantrymen in the course of global warfare i used to be catastrophic.
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In Bligh, the tale of the main infamous of all Pacific explorers is advised via a brand new lens as an important episode within the heritage of the area, now not easily of the West. Award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond recounts the triumphs and failures of William Bligh's existence and profession in a riveting narrative that for the 1st time portrays the Pacific islanders as key avid gamers.
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