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  • Published: 31 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9781742282336
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432
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Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and his Rivals




James Cook and his rivals vie to open up the Southern Hemisphere and claim sovereignty

Two ships set out in search of a missing continent: the St Jean-Baptiste, a French merchant ship commanded by Jean de Surville, and the Endeavour, a small British naval vessel captained by James Cook.  Distinguished historian Geoffrey Blainey tells the story of these rival ships and the men who sailed them.  Just before Christmas 1769, the two captains were almost close enough to see one another – and yet they did not know of each other's existence.  Both crews battled extreme hardships but also experienced the euphoria of 'discovering' new lands.  Sea of Dangers is the most revealing narrative so far written of Cook's astonishing voyage.  It also casts new light on the little-known journey by de Surville; Blainey argues that he was in the vicinity of Sydney Harbour months before Cook arrived.

'A master storyteller's account of the way fantasy and rumour have driven science and exploration' - Weekend Australian

'Blainey's characteristic curiosity raises new questions about Cook and his reputation' - The Age

  • Pub date: 31 August 2009
  • ISBN: 9781742282336
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432
Categories:

About the Author

Geoffrey Blainey

Professor Geoffrey Blainey's first book was completed when he was in his early twenties. Since then he has written another thirty-five, including Triumph of the Nomads, The Rush That Never Ended, The Tyranny of Distance and other well known books on Australia's history. His more recent books on global history, including a Short History of the World, have been translated into many foreign languages and published in places as far apart as Brazil, India, Spain and Turkey. For twenty years he was professor of economic history and then Ernest Scott professor of history at the University of Melbourne, with a term as professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University. He also served the federal government as chairman of the Australia Council, the National Council for the Centenary of Federation, and the Australia-China Council. In New York, in 1988, Blainey received the celebrated Britannica Prize 'for excellence in the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of mankind'.

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