This biography of the navigator and explorer, Captain James Cook, covers his life leading to the three voyages which made the Pacific Ocean geographically coherent. Cook charted the North and South Islands of New Zealand and was the first to chart the entire coast of Australia. The book looks at all the territories which Cook discovered. Other books by Richard Hough include "The Murder of Captain Cook", "Battle of Britain: The Jubilee History", "Bless Our Ship", "Other Days Around Me" and "Edward and Alexandra".
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Richard Hough with his high reputation as a biographer and naval historian, is the author of many books. He wrote THE MURDER OF CAPTAIN COOK in 1979 to mark the bicentenary of the explorer's death in that year.From Booklist:
Long before space travel and long before the proliferation of media made the world a "global village," the most dashing and courageous men in the world were such explorers as Captain James Cook. Hough's easygoing, thorough treatment of the early years of Cook's training and the later years of exploration and discovery spotlights a proud, determined man whose exploring was tightly tied to scientific speculations. Cook's meanderings introduced countless new flora and fauna and acquainted Europeans with the many cultures of the Pacific, among them the Maoris and the Hawaiians, the latter of whom dealt the explorer--literally--a death blow. (A spectacular account of Captain Cook's death at the hands of the islanders is one of the high points of the book.) Hough finishes with a flourish by suggesting that a heretofore unknown health problem may have led to the incident provoking the captain's death. The legacy of Cook, last of the great adventurers of the exploration era, is clearly indicated in his transition from exploration in search of gold and riches to modern scientific exploration. Joe Collins
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0340585986