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In this rich and stylish description by New Zealand scholar Salmond, Cook's voyages take on a peculiar, dreamlike quality. Salmond's claim is that Cook was far more affected by his exposure to the Polynesian world than historians have thought.
This book is fascinating as an incomparable travelogue filled with amazing stories – the sexual paradise of Tahiti, the 'discovery' of Hawaii, close relations with Maori, and Cook's tragic death on the beach in Hawaii.The 'trial' of the title followed a horrific incident in New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Sound when Maori killed and ate a boatload of Cook's men. Later, sailors caught a dog guzzling a pink remnant, put the dog on trial, then convicted, cooked and ate it.

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780141021331

    August 25, 2004

    Penguin

    544 pages

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  • The Trial of the Cannibal Dog: Captain Cook in the South Seas
    Anne Salmond

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    9781742539591

    August 1, 2013

    Penguin eBooks

    544 pages

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