The Real Hornblower: The Life and Times of Admiral Sir James Gordon, GCB. Horatio Hornblower, Bryan Perrett.

The Real Hornblower: The Life and Times of Admiral Sir James Gordon, GCB.

Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1997. First Printing of the First US Edition. A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. Ever since C.S. Forester's fictional hero Horatio Hornblower began to delight readers, there has been speculation that his adventures were based on the career of a real naval officer. Several names were suggested, but the general conclusion was that Hornblower was a composite character. In this thoroughly researched book the author argues convincingly that Forester's model was Adm. James Gordon, a flesh-and-blood hero of Nelson's navy. Gordon entered the Royal Navy as a semi-literate eleven-year-old and rose to become Admiral of the Fleet. He took part in major sea battles, frigate actions, single-ship duels, and operations far behind enemy lines. It was the fire of Gordon's ships against Fort McHenry that inspired the American national anthem. In telling the largely unknown story of Admiral Gordon's active service career, the book will be appreciated not only by the readers of the adventures of Hornblower, but also by those interested in the naval warfare of the Napoleonic period. Item #24656

Price: $75.00

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