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30 review for Captain Cook: The Seaman's Seaman - A study of the great discoverer [Classic Biography]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    A surprisingly concise, readable, and insightful chronicle of Cook's career. Less a biography than an analysis of his voyages and command style. Not the only Cook book one should read, but it offers an essential perspective.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ken Peters

    I found this book in used condition and very spontaneously bought it, knowing very little about James Cook, and I'm glad I did, as I thoroughly enjoyed it. Alan Villiers is not only an excellent researcher and writer, but also has a great deal of experience sailing a full-rigged (or "square-rigged") ship of the types Captain Cook sailed, so he knows how to describe many of the challenges Cook faced. I love books about sailing from this era, as I think I'm attracted to the extremes that such sail I found this book in used condition and very spontaneously bought it, knowing very little about James Cook, and I'm glad I did, as I thoroughly enjoyed it. Alan Villiers is not only an excellent researcher and writer, but also has a great deal of experience sailing a full-rigged (or "square-rigged") ship of the types Captain Cook sailed, so he knows how to describe many of the challenges Cook faced. I love books about sailing from this era, as I think I'm attracted to the extremes that such sailors went to in order to sail these vessels to uncharted waters in such inhospitable conditions. It could be accurately said that Cook was "the greatest explorer-seaman the world has known" as he was the first to accurately chart much of the world's southern oceans as well as a great deal of the vast Pacific Ocean.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert Hepple

    This 1967 biography of Captain Cook, whilst fairly short, is written by an accomplished mariner with extensive experience of square-riggers and this is reflected in the way in which Cook's voyages are described. The result is pretty amazing when combined with the writers fine prose style and makes the result every bit as exciting as some of the best output of the various writers of historical naval fiction over the years, in my opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Captain James Cook, by Alan Villiers, 1967. After skimming the books first few pages, it was very clear that this writer was not your typical pasty academic, locked away in the bowels of a university library nervously regurgitating what others before him have documented. Oh no! These eloquent prose were the work of more than just a researcher, but that of an highly experienced master mariner. After wikapediaing Alan Villiers I am mesmerized by his resumé. He has commanded a dozen square masted ri Captain James Cook, by Alan Villiers, 1967. After skimming the books first few pages, it was very clear that this writer was not your typical pasty academic, locked away in the bowels of a university library nervously regurgitating what others before him have documented. Oh no! These eloquent prose were the work of more than just a researcher, but that of an highly experienced master mariner. After wikapediaing Alan Villiers I am mesmerized by his resumé. He has commanded a dozen square masted riggers, including a replica of the Endeavor, actually retracing Captain Cooks South Pacific path. He has been involved in some way or form in almost every existing historical sailing ship in the past fifty years. Ship owner, president of historical societies, author of a dozen books, winner of prestigious races, circumnavigator, the list goes on and on. Only a person of this background, one who has experienced first hand the humbling trials and tribulations of captainship, could rightfully delve deep into the mind set of Captain James Cook. Carefully researched, beautifully written, this book would make a spectacular companion to Captain Cook's personal journal of exploration, "Captain James Cook, in the Pacific" This book is an absolute must read for anyone interested in the age of discovery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tom Liles

    Like Simon Winchester's Atlantic, this book profits from the author's perspective as a sailor writing about sailing. His love for the topic suffuses every page without devolving into pedantry and hero-worship. Instead the reader is treated to a professional's perspective on Cook, his achievements, and the historical context necessary to reveal why Cook's achievements are so impressive. Villiers demystification of sailing is the single most impressive aspect of the book, but the writing is perfec Like Simon Winchester's Atlantic, this book profits from the author's perspective as a sailor writing about sailing. His love for the topic suffuses every page without devolving into pedantry and hero-worship. Instead the reader is treated to a professional's perspective on Cook, his achievements, and the historical context necessary to reveal why Cook's achievements are so impressive. Villiers demystification of sailing is the single most impressive aspect of the book, but the writing is perfectly engaging as well. Recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Petersen

    The author is a seaman himself and thus includes just a bit of his own experiences and all the correct nautical terms—not tht I care about the latter but it adds a very pleasant versimilitude to the narrative of this great and enigmatic explorer.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Julian Spenceley

    The on board life of a seaman in the 18th Century was very interesting. The complexities and details of the sails, masts and ropes of a sailing ship would need someone with knowledge of sailing to appreciate the details.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David Wardell

    Villiers writes about Captain Cook from the perspective of a professional blue water sailor. The perspective and insights are unique and very readable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Naunton

  10. 4 out of 5

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    Paul

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    Ashley

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    Alan

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    Doug Buchanan

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    Ted

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

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    M.C. Smith

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    Will Ansbacher

  25. 4 out of 5

    Judith Johnson

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    Andrew

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Wood

  29. 5 out of 5

    Billy

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    Paul Barron

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