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Captain James Cook

In Cook's relatively short but adventurous life (1728-79) he voyaged to the eastern and western seaboards of North America, the North and South Pacific and the Artic and Antarctic, bringing about a new comprehension of the world's geography and its peoples. He was a linking figure between the grey speculation of the early 18th century and the industrial age of the first half of the 19th century. This biography provides insights and interpretations of the life of one of the world's greatest mariners.
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An exciting and marvellously readable biography of Captain James Cook, the last of the great navigators.

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Richard Hough with his high reputation as a biographer and naval historian, is the author of many books. He wrote THE MURDER OF CAPTAIN COOK in 1979 to mark the bicentenary of the explorer's death in that year.


'Highly readable' -- Terry Waite, The Sunday Times 'Richard Hough's biography is as fascinating as it is felicitous in style and entertaining in content' -- Field Marshal Lord Carver, The Sunday Telegraph 'Hough tells the story with skill to give a convincing smell of the sea' -- Flora Fraser, The Times 'Captain James Cook does handsome justice to the navigator' -- Ian Thomson, The Independent

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