Cochrane, The Real Master and Commander

February 2, 2008

Author: David Cordingly
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Started: 2/2/08
Completed: 2/10/08

I am a great fan of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series, which follows the career of a fictional British Naval Captain during the Napoleanic wars. That Captain, Jack Aubrey, was based on the real British Naval hero Thomas Cochrane. As was Horatio Hornblower, lead character in a series of novels that captured my imagination as a youngster.

In this book, Mr. Cordingly offers a biography of Cochrane that helped fill-in details and historic fact about Lord Cochrane. It was not as engrossing a story as the individual novels offered, but that is often the difference between real life and fiction.

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