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History of the South Pacific Since 1513: Chronicle of Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Polynesia, Melanesia and Robinson Crusoe Island Paperback – October 28, 2011
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There are MANY interesting facts (and factoids) in this book. But there is no index -- so it is not possible to find "mutiny Bounty," or "Cook Hawaii" to read events linked to those words. So if you want to find the date of, and read about, Captain Cook's murder -- good luck. You'll be scrolling for a long, long time--there are 9212 pages. Do a search for "Cook Hawaii" or "Cook death" and the answer is "no results."
This book has many typo's, silly mistakes, and questionable trivia. The HMS Bounty is reported to be "430 meters long" -- umm, not even close. It was less than 28 meters long. (430 meters is more than a quarter mile.) On Pitcairn Island, the author tells us, "steep slopes account for 34 percent of the land, and cliffs for 27 percent." These are the sorts of "facts" that seem more at home in a middle-school book report than a book by a professional historian. Are steepness percentages important or interesting facts? I doubt it. Are they even true? Well, it sure depends on your definition of "steep." In a book that is not much more than a list of facts, every fact should matter.
Still, for what it is -- easy to read, quickly moving, and with many hundreds of events -- flaws and all, it will be of interest to some people. But, if you want a history of the South Pacific, then this is not your book. This book would be more accurately titled "A Chronology of South Pacific Events."