Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook

Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook

by Martin Dugard
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Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook by Martin Dugard

In the annals of seafaring and exploration, there is one name that immediately evokes visions of the open ocean, billowing sails, visiting strange, exotic lands previously uncharted, and civilizations never before encountered — Captain James Cook.
This is the true story of a legendary man and explorer. Noted modern-day adventurer Martin Dugard, using James Cook's personal journals, strips away the myths surrounding Cook's life and portrays his tremendous ambition, intellect, and sheer hardheadedness to rise through the ranks of the Royal Navy — and by his courageous exploits become one of the most enduring figures in naval history.
Full or realistic action, lush descriptions of places and events, and fascinating historical characters such as King George III and the soon-to-be-notorious Master William Bligh, Dugard's gripping account of the life and death of Captain James Cook is a thrilling story of a discoverer hell-bent on going farther than any man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743400695
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication date: 07/30/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 258,262
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Martin Dugard is the author of Knockdown: The Harrowing True Account of a Yacht Race Turned Deadly and co-author of the New York Times bestseller Survivor: The Ultimate Game. His dispatches have appeared in GQ, Sports Illustrated, and Esquire. An avid adventurer, Dugard has completed the Raid Gauloises race three times, and is co-holder of the Around the World Speed Record. He lives with his wife and three children in Orange County, California.

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Farther Than Any Man: The Rise and Fall of Captain James Cook 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a tale too incredible to be true. It is bigger than even the voyage to the moon. No explorer before or since has matched the achievements of Captain Cook. He pushed himself to the limit and beyond. His goal was to go 'farther than any man' and he did. James Cook was born into the low end of a class conscious England but he had a fierce determiniation to make his mark and gain respect on the highest level. He was an extremely complex man, ever faithful to a loving wife, ever faithful to his love of adventure and the sea. His accomplishments in exploring the world in his three voyages were incomparable. This book is extremely readible for landlubbers and tars alike. Clear, straightforward writing with no frills. The story unfolds like a tapestry of adventures. As an English teacher I give it an A+!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew nothing of Capt.Cook but glancing thru the pages, with each page being interesting, I bought the book. I couldnt' put it down. If you enjoy reading about explorers and their travels, you must read this story. I wish I'd never read it so I could read it for the first time again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books in my small collection of historical accounts. Dugard is a great author. A very enjoyable read about a truly incredible man. Without hesitation, I recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally... a history book that reads as vividly as a novel. I was never bored. After reading this book I have a hard time comprehending why Cook is so overlooked by modern history. His three voyages were epic and bold, made all the more difficult for sailing through the Southern Ocean. His demise was his own sad doing, and it hurts to read the ending of this book -- such a tragedy!! Dugard writes in a style full of daring historical detail that made me feel I was on the deck of a ship with Cook. All too often, historical narratives are boring and slow. This book? I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always read history with an open mind. How can we truly know all the facts or bring to life in a story a person from the past? If all this is true, or even mostly so, then wow. Just wow. This book had me telling stories of Cook ro my kids as I was reading it. Timeless adventure for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several books on Capt Cook and this is one of the best. For anyone interested in his life and explorations, this is a great book to read. It is easy to follow, well written and researched in detail. Glad I purchased it and added it to my library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read three books on Captain Cook. This one excels in telling his story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought the writing started at about a tenth grade level, but got better after the first chapter. Much speculation in the details that were portrayed as fact(author read cooks mind). Did not care much for authors sojourns into present day. Bulk of book was okay though.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that is not only easy reading but interesting in every page with no boring pages at all. I wish I'd never read it so I could read it again for the first time! This book really opens a view of what life was like for those seaman who risked their lives for adventure. Great reading from the first to the last page.