Number of page: 728
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, 2003
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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BLUE LATITUDES: Boldly Going Where Captain Hook Has Gone Before Pulitzer-winning journalist and travel-writer Horwitz (Confederates in the Attic, 1998, etc.), dogging the wake of Captain Cook, discerningly braids Cook’s long-ago perceptions with his own present-day inquiries into the lands the Captain encountered.Cook made three epic voyages, sailing from Antarctica to the Arctic, from Australia to Alaska, and to many of the islands that lie between
- Magnus Akerblom-Wiker
Fascinating read Fascinating to read about how the world looked back in the day and what has become of it now. It also captures the influence western culture has had and the decline of of local customs.
LibraryThing Review Great read if you like travel and / or history. I really came to appreciate how hard it was to explore the world back in Cook’s days, how little he is really admired, and how much the Europeans messed
LibraryThing Review This book is subtitled: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before. In it, Tony Horwitz writes about visiting most of the places Captain James Cook “discovered” on his three exploratory voyages
LibraryThing Review I loved this book because it was quite an adventure through the South Seas. Horowitz is a wonderful author, a distinct pleasure to read.
LibraryThing Review This is the book that got me hooked on Tony Horwitz’s writing.Part travel book, part history, all fun. Horwitz retraces Captain Cook’s path around the globe. This is the way history ought to be taught.
Review: Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before Didn’t know that much about Capt. Cook. Walked away in awe of the man. Has to go down as the one of the greatest sea captains ever.
LibraryThing Review Horwitz’s tour of the Pacific in the wake of Captain Cook is an odd mix of history and travel memoir that ultimately feels like less than the sum of its parts. The sketches of Cook at various points
LibraryThing Review A long time ago, I meant to read about Captain Cook and now I finally have. The book is not a straight history or biography, although it contains long sections of well-written biographical information
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