This is a wonderful book. You learn the history of Capt Cook in a fun way. Horwitz alternates chapters with the historical Cook and his adventures with a buddy as they trace Cook's travels. My book club loved this one.
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Blue Latitudes is a memorable and fascinating journey in which the author follows the voyages of Captain James Cook and analyzes how Cook affected the people living in those places today. The book is insightful and often hilarious, especially when Horwitz relates the antics of Roger, the guy who travels with him part of the time. It's a nice mix of modern and historical insights along with some crazy adventures. Highly recommended even for people (like me) who aren't history buffs.
Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before is the fifth book by Tony Horwitz that I have read. Horwitz follows the winning strategy that he also used in Confederates in the Attic and A Voyage Long and Strange: On the Trail of Vikings, Conquistadors, Lost Colonists, and Other Adventurers in Early America by choosing an historical topic and tracing the topic in modern times and places. Blue Latitudes takes Horwitz on an 18 month long journey all over the Pacific region from the Aleutian Islands to New Zealand and all sorts of places in between. Along the route of his journey, Horwitz meets Cook enthusiasts, Cook detractors, and many different interpretations of Captain James Cook. He and his traveling companions get into some hilarious situations and also help to unravel some of the mysteries still surrounding Captain Cook. As a world history teacher, I am embarrassed to admit that I was woefully ignorant of much of Cooks accomplishments. However, in this highly entertaining and informative book, I have remedied this situation.
Sort of a mixed travel and history book, the semi-adventurous author mixes trips to places where Captain Cook went (including Yorkshire and London, but skipping the Antarctic) with stories about Cook's 3 voyages. The main focus of the author's inquiries is what various people think of Cook today, from Cook societies around to world to Cookophobes. The author could have made his point with less writing, but it was an enjoyable read.