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By Tony Horwitz

In a thrilling story of old experience, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Confederates within the Attic retraces the voyages of Captain James cook dinner, the Yorkshire farm boy who drew the map of the fashionable world

Captain James Cook's 3 epic trips within the 18th century have been the final nice voyages of discovery. His ships sailed 150,000 miles, from the Artic to the Antarctic, from Tasmania to Oregon, from Easter Island to Siberia. while prepare dinner trigger for the Pacific in 1768, a 3rd of the globe remained clean. by the point he died in Hawaii in 1779, the map of the area used to be considerably entire.

Tony Horwitz vividly recounts Cook's voyages and the unique scenes the captain encountered: tropical orgies, taboo rituals, cannibal feasts, human sacrifice. He additionally relives Cook's adventures by means of following within the captain's wake to locations reminiscent of Tahiti, Savage Island, and the nice Barrier Reef to find Cook's embattled legacy at the moment. Signing on as a operating crewman aboard a duplicate of Cook's vessel, Horwitz reports the joys and terror of boating a tall send. He additionally explores prepare dinner the fellow: an impoverished farmboy who broke in the course of the obstacles of his type and time to develop into the best navigator in British history.

By turns harrowing and hilarious, insightful and pleasing, BLUE LATITUDES brings to lifestyles a guy whose voyages helped create the 'global village' we all know today.

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