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James Cook: The story behind the man who mapped the world

James Cook: The story behind the man who mapped the world (Hardback)

By FitzSimons, Peter

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The name Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable in Australian history - an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. But who was the real James Cook? This Yorkshire farm boy would go on to become the foremost mariner, scientist, nav...igator and cartographer of his era, and to personally map a third of the globe. His great voyages of discovery were incredible feats of seamanship and navigation. Leading a crew of men into uncharted territories, Cook would face the best and worst of humanity as he took himself and his crew to the edge of the known world - and beyond. With his masterful storytelling talent, Peter FitzSimons brings the real James Cook to life. Focusing on his most iconic expedition, the voyage of the Endeavour, where Cook first set foot on Australian and New Zealand soil, FitzSimons contrasts Cook against another figure who looms large in Australasian history: Joseph Banks, the aristocratic botanist. As they left England, Banks, a rich, famous playboy, was everything that Cook was not. The voyage tested Cook's character and would help define his legacy. Now, 240 years after James Cook's death, FitzSimons reveals what kind of man James was at heart. His strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes. James Cook reveals the man behind the myth.
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ISBN 9780733641275
Published AU 29 Oct 2019
Publisher Hachette
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780733641275
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Hachette
Imprint Hachette Australia
Published 29 Oct 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback
Author(s) By FitzSimons, Peter
Category British & Irish History
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 528
Dimensions Width: 244mm
Height: 161mm
Spine: 47mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 850g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade