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