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One of our greatest writers about the sea has written an engrossing story of one of history's most legendary maritime explorers. Patrick O'Brian's biography of naturalist, explorer and co-founder of Australia, Joseph Banks, is narrative history at its finest. Published to rave reviews, it reveals Banks to be a man of enduring importance, and establishes itself as a classic of exploration. "It is in his description of that arduous three-year voyage [on the ship Endeavor] that Mr. O'Brian is at his most brilliant...He makes us understand what life within this wooden world was like, with its 94 male souls, two dogs, a cat and a goat."--Linda Colley, New York Times "An absorbing, finely written overview, meant for the general reader, of a major figure in the history of natural science."--Frank Stewart, Los Angeles Times "[This book is] the definitive biography of an extraordinary subject."--Robert Taylor, Boston Globe "His skill at narrative and his extensive knowledge of the maritime history ...give him a definite leg up in telling this ...story."--Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle
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Preface 1: Origins. Education. Botany 2: Newfoundland and Labrador 3: The Royal Society. Solander. the Endeavour Voyage 4: Tahiti and the Transit of Venus 5: New Zealand. Botany Bay and the Great Barrier Reef 6: Home Again. Resolution. Iceland 7: The Great Florilegium. Omai. Soho Square 8: President of the Royal Society. Marriage. the King and Kew. Botany Bay 9: HM's Sheep. Plant Collectors. Bligh and Bounty. Revolution in France 10: War. New South Wales. the Privy Council 11: Trouble in Sydney and Iceland. Declining Health. the End 12: His Will, and some Letters Notes Bibliography Index

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