"Joan Druett's wonderful and captivating book vividly brings to life the fascinating contributions of an amazing explorer and cultural ambassador, Tupaia, who for too long has been relegated to the shadows of history. And in the process, she puts a well-deserved dent in the legend of Captain James Cook." -- Eric Jay Dolin, author of Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America and Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America "Unfolding Cook's first great voyage with a steady eye on the hitherto minor figure of Tupaia, Joan Druett reveals how the services of this Tahitian diplomat and navigator informed and guided Cook's success. A story of the remarkable fusion of expertise and lore of two great seagoing people, the British and the Polynesian,Tupaia fills an important, and gaping gap, in the history of Pacific exploration." -- Caroline Alexander, author of The Bounty and The Endurance
Joan Druett is a professional writer.
"The only biography of Tupaia, Druett's astute portrait vitally
contributes to annals of exploration and cultural contact." -
"Druett's narrative beautifully captures the essence of Tupaia's world and brings it alive for readers. Her excellent study of an extraordinary-and nearly forgotten-Tahitian should be enjoyed by readers interested in British maritime history and Polynesian history and culture." - Library Journal
"Joan Druett has written an interesting and very readable book. . . . Pacific historians will be familiar with most of the events described in the book, but will appreciate this fine focus on and tribute to Tupaia " - International Journal of Maritime History