Blue Latitudes

Blue Latitudes

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Documents the three high-adventure voyages of Captain James Cook, who between 1768 and 1779 mapped a final third of the globe that was previously uncharted.

Blackwell North Amer

Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

Two centuries after James Cook's epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain's adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today's Pacific. Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Confederates in the Attic, works as a sailor aboard a replica of Cook's ship, meets island kings and beauty queens, and carouses the South Seas with a hilarious and disgraceful travel companion, an Aussie named Roger. He also creates a brilliant portrait of Cook: an impoverished farmboy who became the greatest navigator in British history and forever changed the lands he touched. Poignant, probing, antic, and exhilarating, Blue Latitudes brings to life a man who helped create the global village we inhabit today.

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Confederates in the Attic documents the three high-adventure voyages of Captain James Cook, who between 1768 and 1779 mapped a final third of the globe that was previously uncharted. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.


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SPPL_János Mar 21, 2018

This hugely enjoyable combination of history and modern travel retells the expeditions of Captain James Cook while revisiting the explorer's Pacific landfalls. Horwitz chats with everyone from Māori gang members to the King of Tonga, gaining delightful insight into Cook's legacy.

Dec 26, 2016

The author alternates between his description of a place that Captain James Cook visited (including his origins from Yorkshire) and visitation of Cook's places of discovery all done in the last decade. These contrasting narratives over time works remarkably well - there is never a dull moment. The author is also open minded and fair about judging Cook's actions and decisions. He does not succumb to hagiography or political correctness but provides a fairly straightforward narrative. This was very enlightening. Helpfully, the author provides commentary from contemporary sources as well as that of historians. A bibliography is provided to further reading.

Oct 15, 2012

This is a very entertaining and informative read. I've been on a kick of reading 17-Century seafaring books, and this one is one of the best.

Horwitz smoothly moves betwen Captain Cook's voyages of discovery and his own adventures travleing to the actual locations.

I am reminded of Bill Bryson - mixing history and sense of place with his own personal fun narrative.

ijaeger Aug 23, 2011

Excellent writing of an historic voyage, interwoven withhe writers own travel experiences

Apr 25, 2008

An interesting mix of Captain Cook's travels and those of the author.

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