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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. Pellew’s 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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By Douglas A Alden on 01-28-15
If you enjoy the history of the Royal Navy, you'll enjoy this book on Edward Pellew. What an amazing life and more amazing that he was comparable to Nelson at the same time in history though without all the fanfare. For readers, I think the most exciting part was his leadership at the Battle of Algiers - well written that I could picture the actions in my minds eye.
By Dennis on 11-22-13
The Facts are just as interesting as fiction
Would you listen to Commander again? Why?
After awhile yes, it had alot of real information Facts that are interesting
What was one of the most memorable moments of Commander?
The battle for Algiers a real slug fest
Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
My first one and he did a great job
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Some of the incidents were very moving
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed hearing what the real RN captains did and how they had to overcome the war at sea and at home