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Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz

Book cover for Blue Latitudes
Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before Two centuries after James Cook's epic voyages of discovery, Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain's adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today's Pacific. Horwitz works as a sailor aboard a replica of Cook's ship, meets island kings and beauty queens, and carouses the South Seas with a hilarious and disgraceful travel companion, an Aussie named Roger. He also creates a brilliant portrait of Cook: an impoverished farmboy who became the greatest navigator in British history and forever changed the lands he touched.