Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Aug 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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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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I like Tony's easygoing yet informative writing style. - Goodreads
Educational: for both historical and the present. - Goodreads
Intensely researched, well-written and funny. - Goodreads
This is travel writing at its modern American best. - Goodreads
I thought it was a very well done ending. - Goodreads
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Review: Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

User Review  - Joelle - Goodreads

somewhat interesting, but definitely not riveting or engaging. Very repetitive writing style and sometimes you just feel like Horowitz is trying too hard to relate his journey to Cook's. Read full review

Review: Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

User Review  - Shanna - Goodreads

I have read Confederates in the Attic, A Voyage Long and Strange, and now Blue Latitudes. I have enjoyed them all, but this is probably my favorite. It's only in my adulthood that I have discovered my ... Read full review


Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Selected Bibliography
Also by Tony Horwitz
Notes on Sources

Chapter 9
Chapter 10

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About the author (2003)

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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