Books: Britain's Bligh

THE LIFE OF VICE-ADMIRAL WILLIAM BLIGH — George Mackaness — Farrar & Rinehart ($5).

Most U. S. novel readers and cinemaddicts picture Vice-Admiral William Bligh, captain of H.M.S. Bounty, as a brave, cruel, stingy Briton who looked like Charles Laughton, lost his ship in a mutiny and steered a small open boat over 3,618 miles of unknown sea. But Bligh was a significant figure in the history of the British navy, with many distinctions besides his romantic misadventures.

Last week Dr. George Mackaness, professor at the University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, offered U. S....

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