Storms and Dreams

The Life of Louis de Bougainville

John Dunmore

Storms and Dreams

John Dunmore

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

304 pages | 10 halftones, 6 maps | 9-1/2 x 6-1/4
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781602230019 Published February 2008 For sale in North America only
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9781602230002 Published August 2007 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.
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
Review Quotes
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."
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