Author(s): Tony Horwitz
Originally published 2000. Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the eighteenth century were the last great voyages of discovery. Cook's voyages and the exotic scenes he encountered: tropical orgies, taboo rituals, human sacrifice, hip-throbbing Tahitian dancers, New Zealand cannibals, Hawaiian surfers, and Australian Aborigines sealed off from the rest of the world for thousands of years are vividly recounted. Tony Horwitz also explores Cook the man: and impoverished farmboy who broke through the barriers of his class and time to become the greatest navigator in history.