This new interpretation of Cook's life and death argues that the circumstances and reporting of his death are the key to his reputation. For many years this seaman enjoyed unparalleled status as the pride of his century. By contrast a different view began to emerge of a destructive invader, more anti-hero than hero. Cook's progress from obscurity to fame and then, for some, to infamy, is a story that has never been fully told.
Profile Books, London, 2008. Hardback. 198 pages. NEW