The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder
By David Grann
The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder is a true story so unbelievable it reads just like fiction. On January 28, 1742, a weather-beaten, barely staying-together vessel washes ashore in Brazil, with what is thought to be thirty survivors of a British vessel that had left England on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. The men, after being stranded for months, are treated as heroes upon their return. Six months later, three castaways wash up on the shore of Chile telling a very different version of the tale. As a court marshall takes place, what ensues are accusations of treachery and murder, with the guilty party facing the gallows.
Not normally one for nonfiction, but I couldn't put this book down. It was very well-researched and at the same time action-packed and exciting. The book contains wonderful illustrations with photos and maps.