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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-going but comprehensive chronicle of Cook's journeys
During a round-the-world trip, I travelled to Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Easter Island. I came across lots of places visited by Captain Cook or otherwise connected with him, as well as plenty of monuments with snippets of information about his journeys. I was interested to learn more, but at the same time wanted to avoid academic...
Published on 13 Mar. 2006 by C. O'Sullivan

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too much about Tony and his mate and not enough about Cook.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy-going but comprehensive chronicle of Cook's journeys, 13 Mar. 2006
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C. O'Sullivan (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Into the Blue: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (Paperback)
During a round-the-world trip, I travelled to Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Easter Island. I came across lots of places visited by Captain Cook or otherwise connected with him, as well as plenty of monuments with snippets of information about his journeys. I was interested to learn more, but at the same time wanted to avoid academic histories. This book was recommended by my guidebook, and it was perfect. Tony Horwitz combines a chronicle of Cook's journeys in the Pacific with his own experiences of modern-day travel in some of the same regions. It's light-hearted and entertaining, as well as being interesting and informative. It's travel literature, not a literary classic, but it's perfect if you're after an easy-going but comprehensive description of Cook's journeys. Definitely recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular read!, 10 Jun. 2004
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Richard Oakley (Burgess Hill, West Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Into the Blue: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (Paperback)
Due to excessive work commitments and an insatiable appetite for beer, I am frequently either too busy or drunk to read. However, on the odd occasion, I do get the opportunity to pick up a book and read it from cover to cover. Being one of the few non-fiction books I have read in recent times, Tony Horowitz' "Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before" brings to life the epic voyages endured by James Cook and contrasts them closely with subsequent explorations of Cook-related sites visited by the author in the twenty-first century.
Very informative and meticulously researched, very light-hearted and most definitely a good read for alcoholics and workaholics alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Ambition leads me as far as I think possible to go.", 27 Nov. 2002
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Mary Whipple (New England) - See all my reviews
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In three epic journeys, from 1768 to his death in Hawaii in 1779, Captain James Cook charted most of the south Pacific, the coast of Alaska, and parts of Antarctica, claiming much of it in the name of the king. Despite the fact that he covered 200,000 miles, "explored more of the earth's surface than anyone in history," and redrew the map of the world, Cook remains a relatively obscure historical figure and is the subject of legend, much of it fanciful, in the places he charted. In celebrating Cook's achievements, analyzing the man and his values, and evaluating his influence, Horwitz attempts to put Cook's discoveries into their rightful perspective.
Accompanied by Roger Williamson, an Aussie free spirit dedicated to wine, women, and fun, author Horwitz travels to those places "discovered" by Captain Cook, describing Cook's reception by indigenous cultures, and observing the cultures as they exist today--in virtually all cases, despoiled by contact with the "civilized" world. Tahiti, Bora Bora, New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, the Aleutian Islands, and Hawaii, before and after western contact, are presented in detail, using Capt. Cook's own journals, the journals of naturalist Joseph Banks (who accompanied him on his important first voyage), drawings by Cook's artists, and the research of Cook biographer John Beaglehole to establish the pre-contact cultures. Horwitz's personal observations, interviews with local inhabitants, and on-site research assess the lasting effects.
Cook becomes accessible as a personality because of his friendship with Banks, who often served as his sounding board, and, it appears, loosened him up a bit. Naturally expansive and enthusiastic, and uninhibited by responsibilities and the sense of morality which seemed to dominate Cook, Banks serves as a foil to Cook. While Cook conscientiously records the contours of islands, Banks is far more interested in getting to know the local residents. Horwitz's friend Williamson, on the trip primarily for fun, not scholarship, serves the same purpose in Horwitz's book, creating humorous diversions both for Horwitz and the reader and spicing up Horwitz's serious research.
Fascinating as a biography of the complex Capt. Cook, as a lively record of the age of exploration, as a modern adventure to "romantic" south Pacific islands, and as research on cultural anthropology, this is an exhilarating and fast-paced narrative, one which will reward careful reading and cause the reader to examine the dubious results of "civilization." Horwitz obviously enjoyed his research, and the reader will, too, however vicariously. Mary Whipple
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5.0 out of 5 stars An historical account and travel book rolled into one, 12 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Into the Blue: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before (Paperback)
This is an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable book. It's also very amusing too. If you are new to Cook and would like a real insight into the man, his voyages of 'discovery' and about the idyllic island's he visited in the Pacific, then I cannot rate Horwitz's book more highly. It's a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, entertaining, easy to read, 11 Dec. 2013
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A terrific read, it never gets boring or dry but you learn plenty and get some wonderful insights. Horwitz is an intelligent writer but also very congenial and understanding. Cook was an amazing man and despite a now questionable legacy, his achievements will leave you astounded.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bryson meets Monseraat, 2 Jan. 2004
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A meeting of travel writing and historical reflections as the author follows the paths taken by Cook around the globe, and experiences what exists today against the accounts of the great navigator. It's easy to say that the book is akin to 'Bill Bryson meets Nicholas Monsaraat' as a wonderful, effective and highly readable travelogue/maritime narritive/historical account.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boldly going.., 26 Jan. 2013
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Daniel Pollin (Belfast, N.Ireland) - See all my reviews
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Fantastic - bill bryson praises it! If you like travel guides, combined with History, vivid stories, excellent descriptions and exotic locations then read this book!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, 29 Sept. 2014
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J. Wilkie "Captain Pantoja" (West of Scotland) - See all my reviews
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too much about Tony and his mate and not enough about Cook.
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