The story of the astonishing voyage of Captain James Cook and the Endeavour, to mark the 250th anniversary of that voyage, and Cook's claim to sovereignty.
Professor Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's most prolific and
popular historians. He has written more than forty books, including
The Tyranny of Distance, Triumph of the Nomads, A Shorter
History of Australia, The Rush That Never Ended, and the
international bestseller A Short History of the World, which
was published in a score of lands as far apart as Brazil, India,
Spain and China. He has served the federal government as chairman
of the Commonwealth Literary Fund, the Australia Council for the
Arts, the National Council for the Centenary of Federation, and the
At the United Nations in New York, in 1988, Professor Blainey received the celebrated Britannica Prize 'for excellence in the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of mankind'. A recipient of Australia's highest honour, Companion in the Order of Australia (AC), he has been officially listed for two decades by the National Trust as a 'National Living Treasure'. He is married to the well-known biographer Ann Blainey.