James Cook

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The Story Behind the Man who Mapped the World

by Peter FitzSimons

Hardback Publication Date: 29/10/2019

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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?

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, navigator 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 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.

ISBN:
9780733641275
9780733641275
Category:
History
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
29-10-2019
Publisher:
Hachette Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Dimensions (mm):
161x244x47mm
Weight:
0.3kg
Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, and a busy events and motivational speaker.

He is the author of over twenty-seven books, including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Eureka, Ned Kelly, Gallipoli and biographies of Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales, and is one of Australia's biggest selling non-fiction authors of the last fifteen years.

Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations. He lives with his wife, Lisa Wilkinson, and their three children in Sydney.

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  • Cook

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    I'm about halfway through the book at this stage & it has gripped me from the first, I find it a great in depth look at the Man & the Myth that is James Cook. As usual, Peter Fitzsimons way of writing almost makes you feel like you are actually there on the Voyage with Cook himself. A great book & a Great read, would highly recommend to anyone that is interested in History.

  • The Real Cook Revealed.

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    Peter Fitzsimons has produced a surprisingly detailed picture of Cook the man, his passion for cartography and his contribution to the exploration of the Earth.

  • James Cook

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    I couldn’t put this book down even given much awareness of him. This book gave me an insight and made me feel that time had collapsed and I was on the journey as well, because, a journey it was. One of appreciation, not only that he sailed the east coast of Australia but of his enormous contribution to geography, navigation, wonderful mapping and exploration. It provided a portrait of the man, his character, leadership and humanity. And, interestingly, his life after his return to London was an added bonus.

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