Author(s): Tony Horwitz
Captain James Cook's three epic journeys in the eighteenth century were the last great voyages of discovery. His ships sailed some 150 000 miles, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Tasmania to Oregon, from Easter Island to Siberia. Before Cook set off for the Pacific in 1768, one third of the globe remained blank. By the time of his violent death in Hawaii in 1779, there was little left to discover and the map of the world was substantially complete. Tony Horwitz vividly recounts 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. He also explores Cook the man: an impoverished farmboy who broke through the barriers of his class and time to become the greatest navigator in history. More than two centuries on, Tony Horwitz travels the world in the captain's wake in a quest to uncover Cook's legacy. Along the way, he narrowly avoids shipwreck on the Bora Bora reef, travels to remote beer-swilling cyclone-wracked crocodile-infested outposts, uncovers the conspiracy of the red banana, dons a wig and britches in Tahiti, and survives turkey curry in Middlesbrough and gale-force winds on the deck of a week-long Alaskan ferry ride. By turns harrowing and hilarious, insightful and entertaining, Into the Blue brings to life a man whose voyages have left an indelible mark on the world as we know it today. Tony Horwitz, winner of the 1995 Pullitzer Prize for national reporting, is the bestselling author of Confederates in the Attic, Baghdad Without a Map and One for the Road. He has been a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and a staff writer for the New Yorker, and contributed to Harper's, the New York Times and other publications. He lives with his wife and son in Virginia.
The distance travelled; The Pacific Northwest - One week before the mast; Tahiti - Sic transit Venus; To Bora Bora - Sold a pup; New Zealand - Warriors still; Australia - In the pure state of nature; The Great Barrier Reef - Wrecked; Homeward Bound - The hospital ship; Savage Island - The hunt for Red Banana; Tonga - Where time begins, and goes back; North Yorkshire - A plain, zealous man; London - Leaving home, again; Alaska - Outside men; Hawaii - The last island; Kealakekua Bay - A bad day on Black Rock; Epilogue - A period to his labours.