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Captain Cook : master of the seas

Author: Frank McLynn
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Profiles the famous navigator, addresses the common colonialist misconceptions about the explorer and his death, and re-creates the voyages that took him from his native England to the outer reaches of the Pacific Ocean.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: James Cook; James Cook; James Cook; James Cook; James Cook
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank McLynn
ISBN: 9780300114218 0300114214
OCLC Number: 659413198
Description: xv, 490 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: A Yorkshire apprenticeship --
The Seven Years War --
Charting Newfoundland --
The challenge of the Pacific --
First contacts with Tahiti --
The Isle of Cythera --
Peril in Australasia --
Homeward bound --
Antarctica --
Tongans and Maoris --
Mastering the Pacific --
Lost horizon : the great southern continent --
The last voyage --
Tahiti : the final phase --
Quest for illusion : the Northwest Passage --
Hawaiian nightmare --
Tragedy on Kealakekua Beach --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Frank McLynn.

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"Thoroughly researched and sharply opinionated."-Michael J. Ybarra, Wall Street Journal -- Michael J. Ybarra The Wall Street Journal "[A] first-class biography by a prominent British historian, Frank Read more...

 
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