Cochrane the Dauntless: The Life and Adventures of Thomas Cochrane, 1775-1860

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Bloomsbury, 2008 - Admirals - 420 pages
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BRITISH & IRISH HISTORY: C 1700 TO C 1900. Patrick O'Brian, C.S. Forester and Captain Marryat based their heroes on Thomas Cochrane, but as David Cordingly shows, Cochrane's own real life exploits were far more daring and exciting than those of his fictional counterparts. Cochrane's impulsive nature lay behind his early success, and also behind the scandal that saw him blackballed. Taking his wounded pride and his abilities as a naval commander to South America, he helped liberate Chile, Peru and Brazil before returning home to restless retirement. Drawing on his own travels and original research, Cordingly tells the rip-roaring story of the ultimate Romantic hero who helped define his age.

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User Review  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

Fans of Napoleonic military history will probably enjoy this biography. The exploits of Captain Thomas Cochrane have been incorporated into several historical novels – Cochrane’s capture of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

Well done. Quick read about a great naval captain who like all of us had some flaws. Thorough and balance analysis of the controversies in this sailor's life. Some interesting books in the bibliography Read full review

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About the author (2008)

David Cordingly was for twelve years on the staff of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, where he was curator of paintings and then head of exhibitions. He is a graduate of Oxford. He lives with his wife and family in Sussex, England.

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