Blue Latitudes

Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

By Tony Horwitz
(Picador, Paperback, 9780312422608, 496pp.)

Publication Date: August 1, 2003

Other Editions of This Title: Compact Disc, Hardcover

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Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before


Two centuries after James Cook's epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain's adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today's Pacific. Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Confederates in the Attic, works as a sailor aboard a replica of Cook's ship, meets island kings and beauty queens, and carouses the South Seas with a hilarious and disgraceful travel companion, an Aussie named Roger. He also creates a brilliant portrait of Cook: an impoverished farmboy who became the greatest navigator in British history and forever changed the lands he touched. Poignant, probing, antic, and exhilarating, Blue Latitudes brings to life a man who helped create the global village we inhabit today.




About the Author

Tony Horwitz is the bestselling author of Confederates in the Attic, Baghdad Without a Map, and One for the Road. He is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has worked as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Geraldine Brooks, and their son, Nathaniel.




Praise For Blue Latitudes

Thoroughly enjoyable. No writer has better captured the heroic enigma that was Captain James Cook than Tony Horwitz in this amiable and enthralling excursion around the Pacific.

Tony Horwitz's Blue Latitudes is one of the best. . . full of humor. . . an elegant running account of Cook's exploits.

A tour de force of evocative history, serious scholarship, and compelling writing.
-The Washington Post

Part Cook biography, part travelogue, and very much a stroke of genius.

Hilarious, brainy, and balanced. . . .A trip with Horwitz is as good as it gets.

Tony Horwitz has done it again. . . Keen insight, open-mindedness and laugh-out-loud humor.

A staggering blend of historical research, character study, sociological analysis, and intriguing tales of travel.

Curiosity, intelligence, compassion and a sense of adventure. . . I love reading Tony Horwitz.

Horwitz succeeds brilliantly in turning the English from stiff icons to flesh-and-blood human beings. The book's constant humor, honesty and judgment recall his own Confederates in the Attic and Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.. . . This book will keep you enthralled.

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