Left for Dead

Eric Jay Dolin's new book, Left for Dead: Shipwreck, Treachery, and Survival at the Edge of the World, will be available worldwide for Kindle on 7 May 2024. The US Hardcover will be released on the same day and the UK Hardcover on 18 June 2024. It is now available for pre-order.

The true story of five castaways abandoned on the Falkland Islands during the War of 1812—a tale of treachery, shipwreck, isolation, and the desperate struggle for survival.

The best-selling author of Black Flags, Blue Waters tells the story of a wild encounter between an American sealing vessel, a shipwrecked British brig, and a British warship in the Falkland Islands 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 Falklands for eighteen months. 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 an important moment in American history.

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