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Cochrane : The Fighting Captain - Robert Harvey


The Fighting Captain

Paperback Published: 21st February 2002
ISBN: 9781841193984
Number Of Pages: 352

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The life and exploits of the daring seaman Thomas Cochrane, who rose from midshipman to admiral and was called "the sea wolf" by Napoleon, are so extraordinary that his life reads like a compelling work of fiction. In one sense it became so, for the novelist Patrick O'Brian took Cochrane's exploits and used them as the basis for Jack Aubrey, the main protagonist of naval novels set during the Napoleonic War. His life on land was as colourful and adventurous as on sea. Like O'Brian's Aubrey, he was framed in a Stock Exchange scandal. Sentenced to the pillory, he escaped prison by means of a rope and fled the country to become a mercenary admiral in the service of countries fighting for independence. Off the coast of Chile, Peru, Brazil and Greece, always outnumbered and outgunned, he became a legend of daring and courage - on one occasion chasing the entire Portuguese fleet in a single ship. An innovative tactician, he was the first advocate of onshore guerilla raiding. He promoted the use of explosive-laden ships and counter-intelligence and recommended the use of sulphur gas to the Admiralty.

Industry Reviews

""To those who are drawn to the age and especially to aficionados of O'Brian's work, I would recommend Robert Harvey's Cochrane" -The Times Literary Supplement * "A bright and breezy account of Cochrane's life" - The London Evening Standard * "an entertaining and compulsive read" - The Sunday Telegraph * "wonderfully readable book....a Robert Harvey convincingly argues, it is Cochrane's exploits that give birth to the fictional genre of Napoleonic sea-adventures" - The Independent * "a readable and enjoyable book" - The Spectator

ISBN: 9781841193984
ISBN-10: 1841193984
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 21st February 2002
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.3  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1