Cochrane : The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain, Paperback Book

Cochrane : The Life and Exploits of a Fighting Captain Paperback

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The adventures of the daring Thomas Cochrane, called 'the sea wolf' by Napoleon, are so extraordinary that his life reads like a page-turning work of fiction.

In one sense it became so, for the novelist Patrick O'Brian by his own admission used Cochrane as the basis for Jack Aubrey, hero of his much-loved series of naval novels. Cochrane became a household name when in 1800 he took command of the tiny brig, the Speedy, and created mayhem in the Mediterranean earning himself and his crew a fortune in prize money.

A wildly contradictory character, never less than heroic, and this lively new account of his life has sold over 7,000 copies in hardback.




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Not a bad read. Especially strong on Cochrane's trial - plenty of detail there. Marred by insufficent maps, I think. Some infelicities of detail: pressing was, for example, not limited to those who were merchant seaman, but to those who had 'used the sea' in any way at any time. Pretty good, though.