Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain's Greatest Frigate Captain

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Paperback, W W Norton & Co Inc, 2013, ISBN13 9780393347067, ISBN10 0393347060

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Edward Pellew, captain of the legendary Indefatigable, was quite simply the greatest British frigate captain in the age of sail. Left fatherless at age eight, with a penniless mother and five siblings, Pellew fought his way from the very bottom of the navy to fleet command. Victories and eye-catching feats won him a public following. Yet he had a gift for antagonizing his better-born peers, and he made powerful enemies. Redemption came with his last command, when he set off to do battle with the Barbary States and free thousands of European slaves. Opinion held this to be an impossible mission, and Pellew himself, leading from the front in the style of his contemporary Nelson, did not expect to survive.

Pellews humanity, fondness for subordinates, and blind love for his family, and the warmth and intimacy of his letters, make him a hugely engaging figure. Stephen Taylor gives him at last the biography he deserves.

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Publisher: Norton & Company, Incorporated, W. W.
Publish Date: Nov 18, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780393347067
ISBN-10: 0393347060
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6
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