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Captain James Cook: A Biography By Richard Hough,

  • Title: Captain James Cook: A Biography
  • Author: Richard Hough
  • ISBN: 9780393315196
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • James Cook, born in 1728, was one of the most celebrated navigators explorers of his time His voyages in the Royal Navy to the eastern and western seaboards of North America, the North and South Pacific, the Arctic, and the Antarctic brought a new understanding of the geography and of the peoples, flora, and fauna of the lands he discovered Cook produced maps of unprecedJames Cook, born in 1728, was one of the most celebrated navigators explorers of his time His voyages in the Royal Navy to the eastern and western seaboards of North America, the North and South Pacific, the Arctic, and the Antarctic brought a new understanding of the geography and of the peoples, flora, and fauna of the lands he discovered Cook produced maps of unprecedented accuracy revolutionized the seafarers diet, all but eliminating scurvy and exploded the myth of the Great Southern Continent imagined by earlier geographers and scientists.Hough consulted numerous archives and traveled in Cook s wake from Alaska to Tasmania, visiting many of the Pacific islands.
    Captain James Cook A Biography James Cook born in was one of the most celebrated navigators explorers of his time His voyages in the Royal Navy to the eastern and western seaboards of North America the North and South Pacif

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    1. A brief survey of this book revealed that my sister and I had given it to our father for his birthday in 1994 It is a curious book that sails at a fair clip through Captain Cook s life We d seen some kind of exhibit about Cook in Whitby once when we were on holiday Cook joined the royal navy in his late twenties after some years on colliers bring coal from north east England to places in want of it In the navy he participated in the conquest of Canada during which he was taught the rudiments of [...]

    2. It was the second time I d read this book, but because it is so fascinating, with so much to absorb people, places, ships I could easily give it a third go Cook was obviously a man of exceptional intelligence and courage, and his three voyages of discovery were epic An account of any one of them would easily fill a whole book Then there were his early navy years, fighting the French, surveying Newfoundland and participating in the capture of Quebec It s hard to imagine now, living in the third m [...]

    3. I decided to read this book a couple of weeks before heading to New Zealand I knew very little about Captain Cook and his voyage of discovery I thoroughly enjoyed Richard Hough s work on Cook, it is an incredible piece of work, very well researched and beautifully written There are lots of place names and people, however, that ll mean I will have to read this two or three times further over the years.

    4. I liked it because I think it is a well documented researched biography of a 18th century explorer navigator cartographer, James Cook, written by 20th century Richard Hough, a historian specializing in naval history, with very detailed descriptions accounts of persons, events and places I did not like the European colonialist society, with its assumption of its superiority towards the tribal societies it describes But I do not like either the patriarchal social system of these tribal groups In f [...]

    5. It s hard to take a tale as grand as Cook s voyage to the South Seas on the Endeavour and make it anything less than enthralling, but Hough gets off to a good start in this biography The first five long chapters are a tedious recounting of Cook s life before the Endeavour where no detail is too trivial to include, and the telling is insipid During one tiresome passage Hough lists seemingly every crew member, even the cook, complete with backgrounds where we are told how interesting the character [...]

    6. Growing up in Hawaii I heard a lot about Captain Cook and his journeys and influence in my history classes I ve been to the place he died on the Big Island of Hawaii, but it was while I was visiting Anchorage, Alaska that I decided I needed to read a biography of Captain Cook His travels were extensive I m glad I finally read a biography, but I wish this book had maps and helped to outline and draw you into the relationships and people a little bit better His life is fascinating, but I had a ha [...]

    7. In the year 2014 we take geography for granted For the right amount of money, Mt Everest can be attempted, kayaking around the collapsing icebergs of Anartctica is a possibility, and any place in the world, no matter how remote, is a few hundred miles away from the nearest airport Hard to appreciate then the courage of explorers who risked their lives to map out the unknown reaches of our planet When you left port on a ship, farewelling land, you were truly saying goodbye to life as you knew it, [...]

    8. I learned a great deal about James Cook reading this informative biography.He was a man deserving of admiration.

    9. This book was a bit slow getting started I almost stopped reading after the first two sections were just about the distant genealogy of his parents , but the book improved considerably once it finally made it to his circumnavigational voyages In the end, I found this book very interesting and well worth the read This book does a fair job of trying to remind you how truly monumental Cook s accomplishments were for his time.I kept my generally uninterested family entertained with a steady stream o [...]

    10. I ve read lots of these types of biographies and I found this one to be quite dry and academic The best books in this genre are authored by writers who know how to weave a great, involving, story One author makes it dry, another makes it come alive I didn t feel much passion for the storytelling in this account It came across as of a he did this, then he did this, then he did this sort of a book It would have been helpful for the author to have included the modern day names of many of the place [...]

    11. Cook deserves better than this drab biography Becalmed in details of where he went and when he went, insights into the man and his methods never get beyond the shallows The violent mood swings and rank decision making of his fateful final voyage warrant greater analysis and deeper inquiry What s delivered is a scant page of medical opinion from a senior surgeon The poor reader is left all at sea What happened to Cook What was the state of medical knowledge at the time Was his condition untreatab [...]

    12. Comprehensive and engaging biography of an 18th century pioneer, written in the traditionally stoic british tradition Little attempt is made to editorialize, but the author s admiration is hard to hide You get the impression that Hough is a seafaring man himself, having personally visited many of the sites Cook had Looking forward to reading Cook s own journals after this.

    13. Great biography It covered a lot of details that really put you on the boat The maps were too small to read, but that was my only complaint I kept putting off reading the end, because I knew he was going to die in Hawaii I felt like I was going to kill him.Mental note, don t get your ship caulked in Deptford The British caulks aren t good at stuffing holes in wood.

    14. A very in depth biography of Cook s nautical adventures, rather than Cook the man Assumes quite a lot of previous maritime knowledge which I don t have but that was only a minor annoyance in an otherwise excellent book.

    15. Excellent book in which you get a real feel for the character of this exceptional 18th Century navigator as well those of his crew and the many challenges they faced

    16. Very well written biography It was always a pleasure to start reading again I think it might even be nice to read even if you re not interested in Cook s adventures

    17. Iv e read several books on the voyages of James Cook This volume is well written and organized with interesting illustrations The only thing missing would be maps.

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