The Wager
A review of

The Wager

A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder

David GrannDoubleday • 2023

Death at Sea

by David Meyer

New Yorker staff writer David Grann — author of Killers of the Flower Moon recounts the 1741 shipwreck, mutiny, depravation, and survival of the HMS Wager's crew.

In this bestseller, New Yorker staff writer David Grann unveils the harrowing saga of the 1741 wreck of the HMS Wager. He is also the noted author of Killers of the Flower Moon, The Lost City of Z, The White Darkness, and the collection The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession.

HMS Wager

In the 1740s, Spain and England competed to expand their global presence, establish colonies, and profit from the mineral and slave trades. Their battles took place mostly at sea.

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