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Author Hampton Sides will discuss the controversial explorer Captain Cook while in Kansas City

Written by Hampton Sides, "The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contract and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook," is a historic nonfiction about the voyage and decisions leading up to the killing of Captain James Cook.
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Written by Hampton Sides, "The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contract and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook," is a historic nonfiction book about the voyage and decisions leading up to the killing of Captain James Cook.

At a Rainy Day Books event, New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides will talk about his new book detailing the final voyage of Captain James Cook.

Bestselling author Hampton Sides takes readers on a high-seas adventure in his latest book, "The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook."

The nonfiction book recounts the voyage that would lead to the death of Cook, a once celebrated, now controversial explorer.

Sides, a New York Times bestseller, is drawn to adventure and characters when he's searching for a new subject.

"I'm looking for great characters," the author told KCUR's Up To Date. "I'm looking for complicated characters who perhaps, in today's age, are viewed both as villains and heroes. Cook is certainly one of those guys."

NY Times Bestselling author Hampton Sides presents "The Wide Wide Sea," 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jul. 10 at the Unity Temple on the Plaza Fillmore Chapel Kansas City, Missouri 66112.

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