The Real Hornblower: The Life & Times of Admiral Sir James Gordon Gcb

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Ever since C.S. ForesterOCOs fictional hero Horatio Hornblower began to delight and enthral readers, there has been speculation as to whether his adventures were based on the career of a real naval officer. Several names were suggested, the general conclusion was that Hornblower was a composite character. However, while researching the campaign that resulted in the burning of WashingtonOCOs public buildings, Bryan Perret consulted ForesterOCOs Naval War of 1812 and was surprised to discover that the author had been ...