Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

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Macmillan, Oct 2, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
In an exhilarating tale of historic adventure, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confederates in the Attic retraces the voyages of Captain James Cook, the Yorkshire farm boy who drew the map of the modern world

Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the 18th century were the last great voyages of discovery. His ships sailed 150,000 miles, from the Artic to the Antarctic, from Tasmania to Oregon, from Easter Island to Siberia. When Cook set off for the Pacific in 1768, a third of the globe remained blank. By the time he died in Hawaii in 1779, the map of the world was substantially complete.
Tony Horwitz vividly recounts Cook's voyages and the exotic scenes the captain encountered: tropical orgies, taboo rituals, cannibal feasts, human sacrifice. He also relives Cook's adventures by following in the captain's wake to places such as Tahiti, Savage Island, and the Great Barrier Reef to discover Cook's embattled legacy in the present day. Signing on as a working crewman aboard a replica of Cook's vessel, Horwitz experiences the thrill and terror of sailing a tall ship. He also explores Cook the man: an impoverished farmboy who broke through the barriers of his class and time to become the greatest navigator in British history.
By turns harrowing and hilarious, insightful and entertaining, BLUE LATITUDES brings to life a man whose voyages helped create the 'global village' we know today.
 

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User Review  - bnbookgirl - LibraryThing

Quite a rousing read about Tony Horowitz's journey to follow Captain Cook. Tony and his friend Roger find themselves on quite an interesting tour of the places Captain Cook ventured to. The story ... Read full review

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User Review  - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing

Horwitz sets out to trace the voyages of Captain Cook. Blending history with travelogue, he does cover most of the major points of Cook's voyages and also touches on the many controversies surrounding ... Read full review

Contents

The Distance Traveled
1
One Week Before the Mast
9
Sic Transit Venus
42
Sold a Pup
77
Warriors Still
101
In the Pure State of Nature
140
Wrecked
165
The Hospital Ship
199
Shipping Out Again
315
Outside Men
333
The Last Island
375
A Bad Day on Black Rock
405
A Period to His Labours
434
NOTES ON SOURCES
445
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
453
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
461

The Hunt for Red Banana
214
Where Time Begins and Goes Back
248
A Plain Zealous Man
282

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Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of Midnight Rising, A Voyage Long and Strange, Blue Latitudes, Confederates in the Attic, and Baghdad Without a Map. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. He lives in Martha's Vineyard with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their two sons.

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