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The Pacific : In the Wake of Captain Cook, with Sam Neill - Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

The Pacific

In the Wake of Captain Cook, with Sam Neill

Hardcover Published: 23rd July 2018
ISBN: 9781460756393
Number Of Pages: 464

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A rich, complex and engaging account of Cook's voyages across the Pacific, from actor and raconteur Sam Neill, in which Sam Neill retraces Cook's footsteps, in the 250th anniversary year of Cook's first voyage.

Captain James Cook first set sail to the Pacific in 1768 - 250 years ago. These vast waters, one third of the earth's surface, were uncharted - but not unknown. A rich diversity of people and cultures navigated, traded, lived and fought here for thousands of years. Before Cook, the Pacific was disconnected from the power and ideas of Europe, Asia and America. In the wake of Cook, everything changed.

The Pacific with Sam Neill is the companion book to the Foxtel documentary series of the same name, in which actor and raconteur Sam Neill takes a deeply personal, present-day voyage to map his own understanding of James Cook, Europe's greatest navigator, and the immense Pacific Ocean itself.

Voyaging on a wide variety on vessels, from container ships to fishing trawlers and sailing boats, Sam crosses the length and breadth of the largest ocean in the world to experience for himself a contemporary journey in Cook's footsteps, engaging the past and present in both modern and ancient cultural practice and peoples.

Fascinating, engaging, fresh and vital - this is history - but not as you know it.

About the Author

Meaghan Wilson Anastasios holds a PhD in art history and cultural economics and has been a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. She is also a researcher and writer for film and TV, including the upcoming Foxtel series, Uncharted with Sam Neill, as well as Shane Delia's Spice Journey: Turkey and Gourmet Farmer Afloat. She co-wrote the bestselling historical novel, The Water Diviner, based on the script for the film of the same name starring Russell Crowe. She has written for the Age and Gourmet Traveller, and is a regular commentator in the media on art market issues.

A good overall story but .....


Overall a good informative read but I got the impression that the author was very cynical and biased almost to the extent of being a political propagandist. What happened in Australia (and the Pacific) was not something to be proud of by todays standards but it was inevitable. If it hadn't been the English it would have been the Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese or some other nation. Worst of all it might have been the rogue whalers. It happened everywhere, it was evolution and the author spoils her narrative by making it an issue rather than just telling her story.

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ISBN: 9781460756393
ISBN-10: 1460756398
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 23rd July 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.5  x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.87