By Daneet Steffens
October 11, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Blue Latitudes: Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before

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In his engaging outing, journalist Horwitz (Confederates in the Attic) tackles a longtime fascination with Captain James Cook by following in the 18th-century English explorer’s wake centuries later. He gamely crews for a week on a replica of one of Cook’s tall ships, the Endeavour; treks to Tonga, Tahiti, and Bora Bora; braves rough waters among the Aleutian Islands; and finishes up in Hawaii, where Cook met his grisly end. Horwitz seamlessly weaves humorous anecdotes from Cook’s journals with his own peripatetic observations — and without succumbing to hero worship, he conveys Cook’s lifelong romance with traveling to the far reaches of the then-unknown world.

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