Qualified to write excitingly about Capt. Cook and the voyages of discovery in the Pacific, Armstrong Sperry does so. He makes the most of dramatic elements- the boy's dream of the sea, his rough apprenticeship , the decision to run off and work in a shipyard. A hard worker at Whitby, James earned the approval of his master who offered him a good position on one of his ships, but he turned it down to joint the Navy in 1755. No gentlemen's son, Cook had to rise by his own efforts and though the way was long, he was given command at last of the Endeavour, the ship that was to take the members of the Royal Society on the scientific expedition. With an air of suspense, Sperry details the finds of the first, second and third voyages, and Cook is seen as a man of destiny. Substantial.