Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander
From the bestselling author of Under the Black Flag comes the definitive biography of Thomas Cochrane, the swashbuckling nineteenth-century maritime hero who “packed [in] enough drama and history to shame both Horatio Nelson and Sir Francis Drake” (Ken Rignle, Washington Post)
In this fascinating account of Thomas Cochrane’s extraordinary life, David Cordingly (Under the...more
That's what I thought. Don't worry, David Cordingly's Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander has got you covered.
The best biographies illuminate not only their title character but the time and place in which that character lives, and this book does that i ...more
I picked this book up on a whim, having recently become interested in the Napoleonic Wars but finding little else on the subject that I could check out from my county’s e-library. Furthermore, I have the first of Patrick O’Brian Aubrey–Maturin books on hold, so it seemed the perfect time to read about the man whom O’Brian’s stalwart fictional hero is modelled on, or as the subtitle tantalizes, “The Real Master and Commander.”
Alas, Cordingly is no O’Brian a ...more
I'm trying to figure out just how much Jack and Cochrane's pre-commander careers overlapped. Both were lieutenants on the Resolution! The Reso, the good old Reso. Only for Jack it was at least his second time aboard her. And I love the little anecdote about the first lieutenant sawing his sea chest in half because it was too big to fit. AHAHA. Pwned.
Lord Thomas Cochrane executed such stunningly audacious feats - successfully attacking much larger ships with his small sloop Speedy, leading an attack of fireships on the French fleet at Basque Roads, and helping Chile and Brazil establish their independence - ...more
Having read Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series, it's strange to see that all the things and events that made 'Lucky' Jack Aubrey a great fictional character, are simply biographical for Thomas Cochrane.
I give it 4/5 stars because I think the author spoils (as much as a historical record can be) the naturally building drama of many of the events by telling you how it turns out before describing the action. I also felt his retelling of ...more
Well researched and written, it is a bit dry here and there, the extraordinary exploits of Cochrane not withstanding.
Not only gives it an very good example of a most humane commander, it also paints a picture of the social, economic and political life of the nobility in the late 18th and early 19th century. Cochrane is an example how the mighty can fall (and r ...more
I was entertained as much by the extensive notes which just precede the index of this history as I was by the narrative created by the author, David Cordingly. In addition, I found that the plates added a visual touch that was instructive.
Russell Crowe did the material credit.
David Cordingly organised several exhibitions at the National Maritime Museum, including Captain James Cook, Navigator and The Mutiny on the Bounty. Perhap ...more