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 worldCaptain 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.
- ISBN-13: 9780312422608
- ISBN-10: 0312422601
- Publisher: Picador USA
- Publish Date: August 2003
- Dimensions: 8.28 x 5.58 x 0.94 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.98 pounds
- Page Count: 496
Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
This salty, swashbuckling, high-seas adventure story from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Horwitz retraces the journeys of English maritime genius James Cook. That intrepid explorer, who mapped nearly a third of the planet during the 18th century, docked at every continent in the world, minus Antarctica. For the globe-trotting author, getting the surveyor's story includes doing nautical duty on the Endeavor, a replica of the listing coal ship Cook himself sailed on. Accompanied by his good-humored, hard-drinking Australian companion Roger Williamson, Horwitz puts in at exotic ports like Tahiti and Bora Bora, following in the captain's footsteps while navigating smoothly between memoir, humor and fact. This rousing yarn from the author of the best-selling book Confederates in the Attic is sure to become a travel-writing classic.