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Kapitan Cook

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  121 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Biography of James Cook.
Hardcover, 107 pages
Published 1994 by Agencja Praw Autorskich i Wydawnictwo INTERART (first published 1972)
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Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having moved to the North Coast I wanted to read about Cook since he explored the coast and named so many of the bays and promontories of the region. Being a private man he left behind very little in personal writings but was an amazing cartographer. This volume is a short biography which suited me. I did not want to wade through the larger tomes which apparently hold much supposition as to his personal life and reason for the actions he took. A nice glimpse into the accomplishments of an amazin ...more
Black Pobble
A quick read reprising Cook's itinerary, but little more.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
An easy, straight-forward history with many illustrations. Includes some criticism of previous Cook histories.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now this is a history book. Just 184 pages printed on that old-fashioned thick vellum (actually, I don't know if it's vellum, I just wanted to use that word) and plenty of pictures. And maps.

Alistair MacLean wrote "Ice Station Zebra", one of my favorite movies, and "The Guns of Navarone".

Here, he gives us a quick, no-nonsense history of Captain James Cook beginning with the fact that we really don't know anything about him. There were really no surviving family members and what writing (over a m
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I need to read more biographies! I never even knew James Cook existed before this. If you'd asked me who discovered Hawaii, or many of the other islands in the Pacific, I would have had no clue. I have to admit that I stretched out reading this because I didn't want to get to the end where Cook was killed. And yet, it was his practice of collective punishment - which led to his death - that makes his life so fascinating. As the author astutely points out, it is easy to look back and say that the ...more
A concise, light, and readable biography of Captain James Cook that is partially unsuccessful. MacLean admits in the book that there was/is little actual information on Cook as a human being, but a multitude on what he did. Nonetheless, the author did a good job at describing Cook's life using broad literary strokes (and some phases that would be eccentric if one uttered them now)to create a biography that is not intellectually taxing and does not require prior context to enjoy. Worth reading as ...more
History written for kids, and successfully so, if memory serves correctly.
I read this as a child, but then, I read mostly everything you put in my hands. I never had any big dreams of becoming an explorer by ship, though, so I don't think I was too fascinated by this account of Cook's travels. Jules Verne did much more for me in that regard. Oh, how I wanted to be lost in the African djungels with noone but my best friend and a dog! Or travel to space!
But I guess it's all the same, balloon, spac
Mar 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short summary of Captain Cook's voyages. The book is interesting and a quick read. Their are some interesting pictures as well. Although the book does not have many references and the author does state his own opinion on events. Overall a good overview.
Mar 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a very interesting book. I grew up in Hawaii (Oahu, actually) and knew that he discovered Hawaii, but it was fun to read about his other great accomplishments. It was a really quick read, too. I read it in a few hours.
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very educational, easy to read.
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tahiti, usa-hawaii
Highly enjoyable and packed with historical sketches and maps. I love the voice - factual, but telling an interesting story.
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