Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time – only the acclaimed fifteenth-century explorers, Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama, can stand with him. In Cook, bestselling author Rob Mundle explores the life and travels of James Cook in a biography for lovers of adventure and the romance of sailing.
Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the eighteenth century, Cook unravelled the centuries-old mystery surrounding the existence of the great southern land, Terra Australis Incognita, became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and prove it comprised two main islands, discovered the Hawaiian Islands and much more.
Cook was a man who pursued a teenager's dream that evolved from a chance encounter in a small seafront village on the east coast of England. It was a dream that became a reality and transported him to legendary status among all who mapped the world, on land and sea. Through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, Cook helped change the shape of the world map more than anyone else.
Rob Mundle is an internationally recognised author, journalist, television commentator, newspaper and magazine writer, a competitive sailor and community leader. He has written eleven books including the acclaimed Bligh and Flinders. His international bestseller Fatal Storm - the story of the tragic 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race - was published in six languages and has sold more than 200,000 copies. He lives on the Gold Coast.
Author: Rob Mundle