Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz

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Two centuries after James Cook's epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain's adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today's Pacific. Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Confederates in the Attic, works as a sailor aboard a replica of Cook's ship, meets island kings and beauty queens, and carouses the South Seas with a hilarious and disgraceful travel companion, an Aussie named Roger. He also creates a brilliant portrait of Cook: an impoverished farmboy who became the greatest navigator in British history and forever changed the lands he touched. Poignant, probing, antic, and exhilarating, Blue Latitudes brings to life a man who helped create the global village we inhabit today.

Title : Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
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ISBN : 0312422601
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 480 pages


Lauren rated it ★★★★☆

December 31, 2015

I knew next to nothing about Captain James Cook when i picked up this book... history books generally gloss over his voyages, even though he explored an area that encompasses nearly 1/3 of the globe. Horwitz's urge to learn all he could about the man and his work is infectious... you can see this...

Bob rated it ★★★★★

January 08, 2013

I can't get enough of Tony Horwitz. He's like a smarter, less cheezy Bill Bryson (whom I also like, dont get me wrong). How Horwitz packs new historical perspective into a book this enjoyable is amazing. Every book is the same: I feel wiser and happier when I'm finished. This journey with Captain...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

August 17, 2015

In my research for Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawaii, I read a dozen accounts of Captain James Cook’s deadly encounter with the natives of Hawaii in 1779. This included not only the Captains’ journal, but that of seaman, John Ledyard, and that of first mate, Lt. King. When Tony Horwitz declared t...

Deborah rated it ★★★★★

July 13, 2011

“Those who would go to sea for pleasure would go to hell for pastime” – 18th century aphorism If I were someone who believed in reincarnation, I would have to entertain the notion that I must have been a sea captain in a previous life. Why else would I be so fascinated by the lives of the men who...

Mary rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 15, 2007

Despite an interesting topic (Captain Cook) and a fascinating setting (the Pacific), I found this book ponderous and lacking momentum. Perhaps it was the organization but once I'd read about Cook's first journey to the South Pacific, I was done with this book (I did finish - you know by now that...

Dana rated it ★★★★★

June 15, 2010

In Blue Latitudes journalist Tony Horwitz follows in the footsteps of Captain Cook, beginning with a week working as a member of the crew on board a replica of Cook’s ship Endeavor. I’d always thought of Cook as this stereotypical British officer, all his buttons properly polished and looking dow...

Mike rated it ★☆☆☆☆

June 19, 2017

This book is yet another to add to the pile of books that could have been so good, yet fell so short of glory. I had high hopes for this one. I became fascinated with the story of Captain Cook recently, having never, not once, ever learned about him in school. He was one of, if not the greatest ex...

Mike rated it ★★★★☆

October 16, 2015

This is a 4 Star read–had to take one star away. But such a good book about a man I knew little about (I always wondered where the “Sandwich Islands” came from, learned about it here). Lots of laughs and lots of thoughtful commentary interspersed with the history of Cook’s three voyages to the Pa...

Tomislav rated it ★★★★☆

March 21, 2017

I don’t remember how this book got onto my to-be-read list, but the other day I took my list to the local library and looked up all the books that were actually currently on the shelf, and checked out the few of them. Then I was reading Greg Bear’s Anvil of Stars, and it mentioned the “Captain Co...

Linda rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2015

This book was laugh-out-loud funny. The author, along with his buddy, retrace the travels of Captain Cook. The book goes back and forth between the history of Captain Cook, and what the places that he visited are like today as the author visits them. Highly recommended.

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