Captain James Cook by Rob Mundle

Captain James Cook

By Rob Mundle

  • Release Date: 2014-08-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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Description

A biography that puts you on the quarterdeck with history's greatest sailor

Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers in world history. Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the eighteenth century, Cook unravelled the oldest mystery surrounding the existence of Terra Australis Incognita - the Great South Land. He became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and establish that it was two main islands; discover the Hawaiian Islands for the British Empire; and left an enduring legacy.

Rob Mundle introduces us to an unlikely sailor in a teenage Cook, who, through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, climbed the ranks of the Royal Navy to acheive legendary status among all who sailed and mapped the world.

Reviews

  • Fantastic Read

    5
    By Kai.P
    Perfect for any interested in this particular era, and like myself, the Royal Navy (you'll most likely find it interesting if you're a fan of the Aubrey/Marturin series). Cook is an exciting and insightful read revealing much about (in my humble opinion) the greatest explorer of all time as well as his voyages and methods. This book breaks away from the usual mind numbing biography; instead of just retelling the events from a distance as most do, this book (a it says) really does put you on Cook's quarterdeck, helping you to better understand not only what's happening but how the captain and crew are feeling in really trying or triumphal moments. It has really helped me to develop a respect and even liking for this incredible explorer.

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