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Joseph Banks A LifeItself as a classic of explorationIt 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 TimesAn absorbing finely written overview meant for th. Joseph Banks is probably the most important personality in British history in the 18th century His influence was so far reaching and knowledge so broad that there were few people of merit who he did not know from the King down If you read a biography of any other personality particularly scientific of the age Banks will no doubt feature in it somewhere He gained his contemporary celebrity from voyaging with Cook of course but also from inheriting one of the largest fortunes in the kingdom He then spent the rest of his life and his fortune directing and coordinating the course of scientific discovery at a time when it was exploding And of course occasionally dabbled in politicsFrom collecting and returning natives of Tahiti with Cook to organizing raids on Spain to steal Merino sheep to being indirectly responsible for the Bounty Mutiny to running covert intelligence networks through founding Kew and the Royal Society proposing and pushing the settlement of Australia and draining the fens of Lincolnshire there is almost nothing the man was not intimately involved inHonestly it's so long since I read this book that I can't comment on the writing style but it left enough impression on me that even over 10 years later I can still remember thinking how amazing it was that this man was barely known outside a few specialist history books

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Joseph Banks: A Life Free download Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub ô 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 PublE general reader of a major figure in the history of natural science Frank Stewart Los Angeles TimesThis book is the definitive biography of an extraordinary subject Robert Taylor Boston GlobeHis 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 Chronicl. I guess you have to have an interest in that age when as one author described it we were seeking the knowledge of the natural world when many still believed in unicorns I found this interesting on many levels As it spoke of the discoveries and Europe's fatal intrusion into the South Pacific world as it spoke of English society of the time and European society and politics of the time And yet I felt it managed to let you see the spirit of the man often torn between his loyalty to his nation and his own moral doubts I think the author did a fine job of bringing the late 1700's and early 1800's in England and Europe to light

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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. A sympathetic witty and charming biography of one of Britain's great naturalists and patrons of what was still called natural history Perhaps a few too many at length extracts from Banks' journals but a fine life of a man who was a leading light of the Royal Society and who went off to the South Seas to cast that cool mid Georgian eye on what would become Australia and New Zealand Needless to say O'Brian brings his own style to the book meaning that Joseph Banks A Life is filled with the same clever asides and lifted eyebrows that made the AubreyMaturin novels so brilliant A very enjoyable tale and not just for O'Brian fans