Review: Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

Tony Horwitz (2002)

The author of Confederates in the Attic (a book I loved and put on my Best Books list of 1999) is back with another thoroughly entertaining and interesting historical travelogue. This time Horwitz follows in the nautical footsteps of Captain Cook. Equal parts Cook biography, maritime history, and contemporary travel adventure, Horwitz deftly weaves these elements together, bouncing from past to present and all around the globe. His tales bring history to life and provide a fascinating (and often hilarious) glimpse of the local perspective on events from Cook’s three epic journeys that happened right in their own back yard.

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