The Real Master and Commander
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781596915879, 420pp.
Publication Date: September 16, 2008
From the bestselling author of "Under the Black Flag "comes the definitive biography of Thomas Cochrane, the swashbuckling nineteenth-century maritime hero who "packed in] enough drama and history to shame both Horatio Nelson and Sir Francis Drake" (Ken Rignle, "Washington Post)"
In this fascinating account of Thomas Cochrane's extraordinary life, David Cordingly ("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 Drawing on previously unpublished papers, his own travels, wide reading, and original research, Cordingly tells the rip-roaring story of the archetypal Romantic hero who conquered the seas and, in the process, defined his era.