Left for Dead By Eric Jay Dolin

  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Release date: 05-07-24

Left for Dead By Eric Jay Dolin AudioBook summary

In Left for Dead, Eric Jay Dolin—“one of today’s finest writers about ships and the
sea” (American Heritage)—tells the true story of a wild and fateful encounter
between an American sealing vessel, a shipwrecked British brig, and a British
warship in the Falkland archipelago during the War of 1812.

Fraught with misunderstandings and mistrust, the incident left three British sailors
and two Americans, including the captain of the sealer, Charles H. Barnard,
abandoned in the barren, windswept, and inhospitable Falklands for a year and a
half. With deft narrative skill and unequaled knowledge of the very pith of the
seafaring life, Dolin describes in vivid and harrowing detail the increasingly
desperate existence of the castaways during their eighteen-month ordeal—an all-too-common fate in the Great Age of Sail.

A tale of intriguing complexity, with surprising twists and turns throughout—
involving greed, lying, bullying, a hostile takeover, stellar leadership, ingenuity,
severe privation, endurance, banishment, the great value of a dog, the birth of a
baby, a perilous thousand-mile open-ocean journey in a seventeen-foot boat, an
improbable rescue mission, and legal battles over a dubious and disgraceful
wartime prize—Left for Dead shows individuals in wartime under great duress
acting both nobly and atrociously, and offers a unique perspective on a pivotal era
in American maritime history.



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