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Joseph Banks: A Life review ☆ eBook or Kindle ePUB ½ 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 reviE 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

Joseph Banks A LifeE 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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Joseph Banks: A Life Ë Itself 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. I've managed to avoid reading any of O'Briens maritime novels and the film version of Master Commander doesn't encourage me but this is a pretty well written biography Banks was the fourth generation of wool merchants and land owners and although thet had no aristocratic titles they were well connected to the local nobs in eastern England with a huge estatate at Revesby in Lincolnshire I was brought up on a small farm which my grandfather had bought in 1934 and which my father farmed from the age of 14 It was in a neighbouring village and I knew Revesby well played cricket in the village team etc but it was only when we moved to Australia that I realised the linkage to the early years of the colony Banks became an amateur botanist and decided to go on a bit of an adventure and being young and rich he sailed on Cook's 1st voyage of discovery together with a party of 8 servants painters and fellow botanists It made him famous and he went on to become a major figure in London society friend of the King president of the Royal Society Privy Councillor and freuent adviser to the government It was his recommendation that led to the creation of the penal colony in Sydney and he also oversaw the development of Kew Gardens He had a hand in many pies and a vast network of friends mainly fellow scientists across Europe even during the long wars with France A very good read read È eBook or Kindle ePUB Í Patrick OBrian

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Patrick OBrian Í 3 summary 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