Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia's most important historians, has also written A Short History of the World, A Short History of the 20th Century, and Black Kettle and Full Moon. He holds Australia's highest honor, Companion in the Order of Australia. He lives in Melbourne.
"Prolific Australian historian Blainey revisits the epic journey of Capt. James Cook's Endeavor and a parallel voyage by a French ship . . . Blainey excavates the journals of Cook, the Endeavor's aristocratic botanist Joseph Banks, de Surville and others, fashioning an exciting, detail-heavy re-creation of the parallel voyages..." -- Geoffrey Blainey "Kirkus Reviews"