This hugely enjoyable combination of history and modern travel retells the expeditions of Captain James Cook while revisiting the explorer's Pacific landfalls. Horwitz chats with everyone from Māori gang members to the King of Tonga, gaining delightful insight into Cook's legacy.
The author alternates between his description of a place that Captain James Cook visited (including his origins from Yorkshire) and visitation of Cook's places of discovery all done in the last decade. These contrasting narratives over time works remarkably well - there is never a dull moment. The author is also open minded and fair about judging Cook's actions and decisions. He does not succumb to hagiography or political correctness but provides a fairly straightforward narrative. This was very enlightening. Helpfully, the author provides commentary from contemporary sources as well as that of historians. A bibliography is provided to further reading.
This is a very entertaining and informative read. I've been on a kick of reading 17-Century seafaring books, and this one is one of the best.
Horwitz smoothly moves betwen Captain Cook's voyages of discovery and his own adventures travleing to the actual locations.
I am reminded of Bill Bryson - mixing history and sense of place with his own personal fun narrative.
Excellent writing of an historic voyage, interwoven withhe writers own travel experiences
An interesting mix of Captain Cook's travels and those of the author.
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