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Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before by Tony Horwitz
Tony Horwitz set out to re-trace Captain Cook's path (albeit by plane this time) through the South Pacific with Cook's own journals to guide him. Not only does the author attempt to understand what drove Captain Cook and his place in history, but he adds his own thoughts about the places and people he meets. Part travelogue, part history lesson, and filled with humor and poignancy, Blue Latitudes has received good reviews. The Seattle Times says, "This alternately hilarious, poignant and insightful book is history for people who don't like history, and a travelogue full of wonder and smart observation, not jaded cynicism."