In 2015 I read Tony Horwitz's Blue Latitudes and thoroughly enjoyed every page of his first person account of his travels to trace Captain James Cook's discovery voyages and their impact on the world in the 1700's and today. Tony's efforts to comprehend and research what it must have been like aboard Cook's HMS Endeavour even lead him to crew on the ship's replica (seen below) in a month-long voyage to Hawaii in researching Cook for his novel. I think anyone interested in sailing adventures or in the exploits of one of the world's greatest seafaring explorers will find this book fascinating.
Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before
Cook's Voyages around the world in the 18th century.
Two centuries after James Cook's epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain’s adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today’s Pacific. Horwitz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner and author of Confederates in the Attic, works as a sailor aboard a replica of Cook’s ship, meets island kings and beauty queens, and carouses the South Seas with a hilarious and disgraceful travel companion, an Aussie named Roger. He also creates a brilliant portrait of Cook: an impoverished farm boy who became the greatest navigator in British history and forever changed the lands he touched. Poignant, probing, antic, and exhilarating, Blue Latitudes brings to life a man who helped create the global village we inhabit today. (copied from Goodreads)
Goodread's Review Aug 1, 2003 - Blue Latitudes has 3974 ratings and 357 reviews. Lauren said: I knew next to nothing about Captain James Cook when I picked up this book. Related reading: Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook