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Blue Latitudes

Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

By Tony Horwitz, 1958-

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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Publish Date

2002

ISBN

0805065415


Format: Book
Author: Horwitz, Tony, 1958-
Title: Blue latitudes : boldly going where Captain Cook has gone before / Tony Horwitz.
Publisher Date: New York : H. Holt, 2002.
Subject: Cook, James, 1728-1779 -- Travel. Horwitz, Tony, 1958- -- Travel -- Oceania. Endeavour II (Ship) Voyages around the world Oceania -- Discovery and exploration
Isbn: 0805065415
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Format: Book
Author: Horwitz, Tony, 1958-
Title: Blue latitudes : boldly going where Captain Cook has gone before / Tony Horwitz.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : H. Holt, 2002.
Description: 480 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Cook, James, 1728-1779 -- Travel.
Subjects: Horwitz, Tony, 1958- -- Travel -- Oceania.
Subjects: Endeavour II (Ship)
Subjects: Voyages around the world
Subjects: Oceania -- Discovery and exploration
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 453-459 ) and index.
LCCN: 2002024133
ISBN: 0805065415
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Available Copies: 1
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Call Number: 910.92 Hor