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Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific
 
 
Author
Geoffrey Blainey.
Publisher Ivan R. Dee  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9781566638258
Pages/Publication Date 322/2009
Daedalus Item Code 33692
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In 1769 two ships set out independently in search of a missing continent believed to lie between South America and New Zealand; one was a French merchant ship, the St. Jean-Baptiste, commanded by Jean de Surville, and the other was a small British naval vessel, Endeavour, commanded by Captain James Cook. That Christmas, in New Zealand waters, the two were almost within sight of each other, though neither knew of the other's existence. Leading Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey tells a stirring tale of these rival ships and the men who sailed in them, as well as the world-changing maps made from Cook's first long voyage.

"Blainey masterfully recounts these twin voyages in an absorbing, exciting saga. His narrative has a curious duality, as the vast expanse of the Pacific is contrasted with the cramped conditions aboard ships. An excellent work of popular history that recounts the exploits of men who dramatically expanded our knowledge of the globe."Booklist

"Blainey's knowledge of the [Australian] continent's indigenous peoples and flora and fauna are exceptionally useful in understanding the context of [Cook's] discoveries."Kirkus Reviews

 
 
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