Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander

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From the bestselling author of Under the Black Flag comes the definitive biography of the swashbuckling nineteenth-century maritime hero upon whom Jack Aubrey and Horatio Hornblower are based.

Nicknamed le loup des mers ("the sea wolf") by Napoleon, Thomas Cochrane was one of the most daring and successful naval heroes of all time. In this fascinating account of Cochrane's life, historian David Cordingly unearths startling new details about the real-life "Master and Commander," from his daring exploits against the French navy to his role in the liberation of Chile, Peru, and Brazil, and the shock exchange scandal that forced him out of England and almost ended his naval career. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, his own travels, wide reading, and the kind of original research that distinguished The Billy Ruffian, Cordingly tells the rip-roaring story of the archetypal romantic hero who conquered the seas and, in the process, defined his era.

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David Cordingly was Keeper of Pictures and Head of Exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum for twelve years.

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Listeners familiar with the order ÒClear the decks for actionÓ will find no disappointment as Lord Cochrane does battle with enemy sailing ships during the Napoleonic Wars. Broadsides, fire ship attacks, and the lee shore in heavy winds offered doom or prize money to the British sailors who took the risks. John LeeÕs deep, booming voice and skill with every accent make him the ideal narrator for an audiobook swimming in a sea of nineteenth-century nautical words. His well-oiled British English segues into Scots for the captain and into French and Spanish for the ships and ports. He shouts orders involving parts of the ship and points of the compass in the practiced manner of any salty seaman of those times. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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