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This two volume work is the autobiography of Lord Cochrane, a naval captain of the Napoleonic period. His adventures are seminal to the development of naval fiction as a genre. Marryat sailed with Cochrane, while later writers borrowed incidents from this biography for their fictions. Most notable among these is Patrick O'Brian, three of whose novels have clear parallels to incidents in the life of Cochrane. This first volume covers Cochrane's earlier life, during which he is most active militarily. (Introduction by Timothy Ferguson)
Captain Cochrane's adventures were an inspiration to Patrick O'Brian for his excellent Master and Commander series. Cochrane's real life was even more extraordinary, as this book shows. Cochrane was a zealous, ethical officer who was, despite great service to his nation, humiliated by a corrupt Naval Admiralty. Tim Ferguson narrates the book wonderfully.
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