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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 is one of Australia’s most prolific and popular historians. He has written more than forty books, including The Tyranny of Distance, Triumph of the Nomads, A Shorter History of Australia, The Rush That Never Ended, and the international bestseller A Short History of the World, which was published in a score of lands as far apart as Brazil, India, Spain and China. He has served the federal government as chairman of the Commonwealth Literary Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, the National Council for the Centenary of Federation, and the Australia–China Council.

At the United Nations in New York, in 1988, Professor Blainey received the celebrated Britannica Prize ‘for excellence in the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of mankind’. A recipient of Australia’s highest honour, Companion in the Order of Australia (AC), he has been officially listed for two decades by the National Trust as a ‘National Living Treasure’. He is married to the well-known biographer Ann Blainey.

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