Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander - David CordinglyNew York: Bloomsbury, 2007, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Colour plates; Black & white plates; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Cutaways; Appendix;
From the cover: “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. Patrick O’Brian, C. S. Forester, and Captain Marryat all based their literary heroes on the man about whom Lord Byron once famously rhapsodized, There is no man I envy so much as Lord Cochrane. But, as David Cordingly reveals, Cochrane far exceeded the daring and romantic exploits of his fictional counterparts.
In this fascinating account of Cochrane’s extraordinary life, Cordingly, author of the bestselling Under the Black Flag and The Billy Ruffian, unearths startling new details about the real-life “Master and Commander” — from his heroic battles against the French navy to his role in the liberation of Chile, Peru, and Brazil, and the stock 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 Drawing on previously unpublished papers, his own travels, wide reading, and the kind of original research that distinguished The Billy Ruffian, Cordingly tells the rip-roaring story of the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.”