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The Fatal Impact (Penguin Classic History) Paperback – 28 Sep 2000


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (28 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760719837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141390291
  • ASIN: 0141390298
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frank J O'Connor on 11 May 2001
the late great Alan Moorehead evocatively recounts the almost inevitable tragic consequences for the native people and cultures of the South Pacific when Western man "discovered" them, even when the discover, Cook, was no conquistador and had come with high hopes of peaceful and productive co-existence. It was, however, Thucydides' Athenians vs Melians all over again. Moorehead tells the melancholy tale with a deft touch and without heavy breathing. A highly recommended overview for those interested in the history of western civilization's impact on the south Pacific: as one writer put it, a history of paradise found--and lost.
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Alan Moorhead's book is a tragic and classic account of the desperate impact that european arrival in the south seas had on the lives of the local inhabitants - and to a lesser extent the vice versa. Sometimes he falls into journalese but this detracts little from a fine, and very necessary, piece of work that has stood the test of passing time.
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A sound study of the European 'discovery' of the South Pacific and its great continent. A point of departure for further evaluation of this topic. Lucid and insightful.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miran Ali VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2009
An absolute classic. No praise can do justice. Suffice to say, if you're here, you'll buy this book. It's just sad that so few people have even heard of anything written by Alan Moorehead apart from the White Nile and the Blue Nile.

A vivid account of the despoiling and exploitation of what may well have been paradise on earth. And very importantly for me, it is not written by some revisionist, marxist academic.
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Title says it all - The Fatal Impact 20 Jun. 2013
By Crazy Dave - Published on Amazon.com
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Brief popular history of impact of European exploration of Tahiti, Australia and Antarctica.
Tragic but lucidly told story of the impact of western culture on native populations and environments.
Alan Moorehead is best known for his "Gallipoli," as well as his historical travelogues "The White Nile" and "The Blue Nile." "The Desert War" recounts his experiences as a reporter in World War II.
He writes clearly and elegantly.
Excellent work of popular history.
Three Stars 22 July 2014
By DYLLIS - Published on Amazon.com
This was a little drier than most of his books, but still a fascinating history.
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