Captain Cook: Master of the Seas

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Yale University Press, 2011 - Electronic books - 544 pages
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The age of discovery was at its peak in the eighteenth century, with heroic adventurers charting the furthest reaches of the globe. Foremost among these explorers was navigator and cartographer Captain James Cook of the British Royal Navy.

Recent writers have viewed Cook largely through the lens of colonial exploitation, regarding him as a villain and overlooking an important aspect of his identity: his nautical skills. In this authentic, engrossing biography, Frank McLynn reveals Cook's place in history as a brave and brilliant seaman. He shows how the Captain's life was one of struggle--with himself, with institutions, with the environment, with the desire to be remembered--and also one of great success.

In "Captain Cook," McLynn re-creates the voyages that took the famous navigator from his native England to the outer reaches of the Pacific Ocean. Ultimately, Cook, who began his career as a deckhand, transcended his humble beginnings and triumphed through good fortune, courage, and talent. Although Cook died in a senseless, avoidable conflict with the people of Hawaii, McLynn illustrates that to the men with whom he served, Cook was master of the seas and nothing less than a titan.

 

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User Review  - pierthinker - LibraryThing

Captain James Cook is a key figure in the British story. Renowned for his three great voyages of exploration and discovery in the Pacific, including the Antarctic and Arctic, his technical foundation ... Read full review

Captain Cook: Master of the Seas

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Numerous biographies of Capt. James Cook have been written, but this one takes a fascinating and refreshing new look at Cook's life, personality, and nautical exploits. British historian McLynn ... Read full review

Contents

Illustrations
Charting Cook
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER TEN
CHAPTER ELEVEN
CHAPTER TWELVE
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE

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About the author (2011)

Frank McLynn is a British journalist, historian, and biographer and the author of twenty-nine critically acclaimed books. His best-known works include biographies of Napoleon Bonapart, Robert Louis Stevenson, Carl Jung, Richard Francis Burton, and Henry Morton Stanley. His book The Jacobite Army in England was awarded the Cheltenham Prize for Literature in 1985, and he was short-listed for the 1989 McVitie's Prize for Scottish Writer of the Year in 1989. He is a graduate of Wadham College, Oxford, and London University, where he obtained his doctorate.

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