Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781602230002 Published August 2007 For sale in North America only
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781602230019 Published February 2008 For sale in North America only

Storms and Dreams

The Life of Louis de Bougainville

John Dunmore

John Dunmore

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

304 pages | 10 halftones, 6 maps | 9-1/2 x 6-1/4
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781602230002 Published August 2007 For sale in North America only
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781602230019 Published February 2008 For sale in North America only
Witty, charming, and fiercely intelligent, Louis-Antoine Comte de Bougainville (1729–1811) managed, in the course of a long life, to play a part in nearly every facet of eighteenth-century life and culture. Storms and Dreams is a lively, authoritative recounting of Bougainville's adventures and achievements, which ranged from seamanship and soldiering to mathematics and navigation. Dunmore follows Bougainville from the French and Indian War, during which he commanded a unit in the defense of Quebec City, to his circumnavigation of the globe in 1766. During that trip, he became one of the first Westerners to visit Tahiti; on his return, he published a book about the island that contributed greatly to Tahiti's lasting reputation as a paradise of noble savages. In his last years, Bougainville served in the senate under Napoleon and was made a member of the Legion of Honor.
The first biography of Bougainville in English, Storms and Dreams opens a window to a remarkable eighteenth-century life—and to the greater world of the Enlightenment.
Glyndwr Williams | International History Review
"The world of Pacificc scholarship owes a considerable debt to John Dunmore, whose monographs, editions of journals, and articles . . . have documented the exploits of French navigators in the great ocean. . . . Dunmore is particularly effective in using the journals to convey the claustrophobic, often squalid conditions on ships crowded with men and animals. . . . [Dunmore's two biographies] provide readbale and balanced accounts of the lives of two navigators who to many in the English-speaking world are little more than names."
Book News
"Storms and Dreams opens a window to a remarkable eighteenth-century life--and to the greater world of the Enlightenment. . . . [Dunmore] brings the man to life in this lively, vivid and elegant biography."
Contents
Part 1:   The Early Years
Part 2:   War in Canada
Part 3: Creating a Colony
Part 4: Sailing around the World
Part 5: War and Revolution
Appendix: Bougainville Commemorated
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
Maps
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