A guide to the British Royal Navy in the Napoleonic Age for fans of the Aubrey–Maturin series: “A gem of a book” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). What is a sand-grouse, and where does it live? What are the medical properties of lignum vitae, and how did Stephen Maturin use it to repair his viola? Who is Admiral Lord Keith, and why is his wife so friendly with Captain Jack Aubrey? More than any other contemporary author, Patrick O’Brian knew the past. His twenty Aubrey–Maturin novels, beginning with 1969’s Master and Commander, are distinguished by deep characterization, heart-stopping naval combat, and an attention to detail that enriches and enlivens his stories. In this revised edition of A Sea of Words, Dean King and his collaborators dive into Jack Aubrey’s world. In addition to their invaluable glossary, the authors provide essays on the age’s politics, naval medicine, and the many ships that Jack Aubrey sailed, sighted, and fought against. For both the curious fan and the O’Brian aficionado, A Sea of Words is an invaluable tome on the British Royal Navy.
Als James Cook 1769 zur ersten seiner drei großen Reisen aufbrach, war die Erde gerade einmal zu zwei Dritteln kartiert. Zehn Jahre später hatte Cook nicht nur auf dem Wasserweg die Welt entschleiert, sondern auch umfangreiche kulturelle und wissenschaftliche Studien vorgenommen, die das neuzeitliche Bild der Erde entscheidend prägten. Zwar ist viel über Cooks Leistungen bekannt, doch verstellten die Fakten bisher den ungeschönten Blick auf diese außergewöhnliche Figur. Tony Horwitz lenkt die Aufmerksamkeit des Betrachters nicht nur auf die dunklen Seiten des großen Forschers, sondern auch auf die zum Teil entsetzlichen Konsequenzen, die dessen Entdeckungen für einfache Kulturen nach sich zogen.
Four volumes of history and biography for fans of the Aubrey-Maturin novels, with lore on the Royal Navy and much more. What is a sandgrouse, and where does it live? What are the medical properties of lignum vitae, and how did Stephen Maturin use it to repair his viola? Who is Adm. Lord Keith, and why is his wife so friendly with Capt. Jack Aubrey? More than any other contemporary author, Patrick O’Brian knew the past. His twenty Aubrey–Maturin novels, beginning with Master and Commander (1969), are distinguished by deep characterization, heart-stopping naval combat, and an attention to detail that enriches and enlivens his stories. In the revised edition of A Sea of Words, Dean King and his collaborators dive into Jack Aubrey’s world. In the revised edition of Harbors and High Seas, King details not just where Aubrey and Maturin went, but how they got there. Packed with maps and illustrations from the greatest age of sail, it is an incomparable reference for devotees of O’Brian’s novels and anyone who has dreamed of climbing aboard a warship, as well as a captivating portrait of life on the sea during a time when nothing stood between man and ocean but grit, daring, and a few creaking planks of wood. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, the British navy was the mightiest instrument of war the world had ever known. The Royal Navy patrolled the seas from India to the Caribbean, connecting an empire with footholds in every corner of the earth. Such a massive navy required the service of more than 100,000 men—from officers to deckhands to surgeons. Their stories are collected in Every Man Will Do His Duty. The inspiration for the bestselling novels of Patrick O’Brian and C. S. Forester, these twenty-two memoirs and diaries, edited by Dean King, provide a true portrait of life aboard British warships during one of the most significant eras of world history. Patrick O’Brian was well into his seventies when the world fell in love with his greatest creation: the maritime adventures of Royal Navy Capt. Jack Aubrey and ship’s surgeon Stephen Maturin. But despite his fame, little detail was available about the life of the reclusive author, whose mysterious past King uncovers in this groundbreaking biography. King traces O’Brian’s personal history from his beginnings as a London-born Protestant named Richard Patrick Russ to his tortured relationship with his first wife and child to his emergence from World War II with the entirely new identity under which he would publish twenty volumes in the Aubrey–Maturin series. What King unearths is a life no less thrilling than the seafaring world of O’Brian’s imagination. Patrick O’Brian: A Life Revealed is a penetrating and insightful examination of one of the modern world’s most acclaimed historical novelists.
This book provides summaries and analyses of more than 250 novels and nearly 30 films and examines the extent to which they accurately reflect the history, mores and manners of the period—and the extent to which they reveal the ideas and attitudes of their authors and of the periods in which they were written. Particular emphasis is placed on the nature and importance of the war at sea for the British and on the role of famous naval officers such as Nelson, Pellew, Duncan, Smith and Cochrane in the defeat of Napoleon.
This is the true story of the Battle of Trafalgar, Britain's most significant sea battle, as seen through the smoke-hazed gunports of the fighting ships. In an atmosphere of choking fumes from cannon and musket fire, amid noise so intense it was almost tangible, the crews of the British, French and Spanish ships did their best to carry out their allotted tasks. For over five hours they were in constant danger from a terrifying array of iron and lead missiles fired from enemy guns, as well as the deadly wooden splinters smashed from the ships' hulls by the cannon-balls. While the men manoeuvred the ships and kept the cannons firing, the women helped the surgeons tend the sick or helped the boys - the 'powder monkeys' - in the hazardous job of carrying gunpowder cartridges from the central magazine to the gun decks. Trafalgar set the seal on British naval supremacy, which became the mainspring for the growth of the British Empire, and in the short term not only prevented Napoleon from invading Britain, but also enabled Britain and its Continental allies to mount the campaign that would eventually defeat the French Emperor: without Trafalgar there would be no Waterloo.
"Originally published in Great Britain under the title Patrick O'Brian: Critical appreciations and a bibliography"--T.p. verso.
After a duke's betrayal, the resilient Sarah Forrester reinvents herself as society's leading light-the life of the party. It's all a façade of course. When an old friend returns to London, he's determined to rediscover the true and trusting Sarah he once knew. But it'll take more than a kiss and a promise-it might even call for an innocent and necessary deception.
Als Kapitän Jack Aubrey nach Hause zurückkehrt, wird die Nachricht, daß die britische Shannon die Chesapeake der amerikanischen Aufständischen aufgebracht hat, in jeder Schänke so enthusiastisch gefeiert, als hätte Portsmouth soeben von einem großen siegreichen Gefecht der Kriegsflotte erfahren. Natürlich ließ sich daran ermessen, wie groß die Bestürzung über die Niederlagen gewesen war, welche die Amerikaner der Krone beigebracht hatten, und vielleicht auch, wie sehr die Bevölkerung die Royal Navy liebte. Doch auf Aubrey wartet zur Belohnung keineswegs ein Kommando von angemessener Bedeutung. Jedenfalls sieht das auf den ersten Blick so aus, als man ihn auf die Ariel kommandiert und diese einem Ostseegeschwader angliedert. Erst nach und nach bemerkt Aubrey, daß sein Schiffsarzt Dr. Stephen Maturin, gleichzeitig einer der gerissensten Geheimagenten der Briten, bis über beide Ohren in gefährliche Pläne zum Sturz Napoleons verwickelt ist. Auch der berühmte »Blaue Peter«, ein Diamant von beachtlicher Größe, spielt eine undurchsichtige Rolle ... Der siebte Band aus der weltweit erfolgreichen marinehistorischen Serie um den Seehelden Jack Aubrey und seinen Schiffsarzt Dr. Stephen Maturin.
This concise yet detailed handbook provides the nautically inquisitive or historically minded reader with, arguably, everything he or she needs to know about the Royal Navy or Commander Jack Aubrey—protagonist of Patrick O' Brian's best selling series set during the era of the Napoleonic wars—and of Admiral Horatio Nelson, the greatest of all Britain's naval commanders. Decorated with line illustrations, many of them contemporary, and packed with detail, A Nelson Companion is an essential guide to the Royal Navy of Jack Aubrey's time, and its unrivalled history.
Die Reise der Leopard unter ihrem neuen Kommandanten Jack Aubrey steht unter einem Fluch – das argwöhnen einige der Matrosen auf dem uralten Zweidecker, der mehr als 50 Jahre nicht mehr als Linienschiff eingesetzt worden war. Die Chancen stehen also mehr als schlecht, als Jack durch das Auftauchen der überlegenen holländischen Waaksaamheid gezwungen wird, den unterbemannten Gefangenentransporter in eine wirkungsvolle Kampfmaschine zu verwandeln. Stürme lassen Rippen und Masten brechen, Riffe und Eisberge fordern ihren Tribut. Und die weiblichen Gefangenen an Bord verbessern die Aussichten der Leopards, Desolation Island lebend zu erreichen, auch nicht ... Der fünfte Band aus der weltweit erfolgreichen marinehistorischen Serie um den Seehelden Jack Aubrey und seinen Schiffsarzt Dr. Stephen Maturin.
Now in its second edition, this expanded work catalogs every person, animal, ship and cannon mentioned by name in the 21 books of Patrick O'Brian's series on the maritime adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin. The novels, renowned for their "far-ranging web of wit and allusion," teem with thousands of characters and ships, both imaginary and historical. From Master and Commander to 21: The Unfinished Voyage, this book distinguishes the fictional from the factual, making a useful series companion for the casual reader and the most ardent fans. Each of the more than 5,000 alphabetized entries provides a reference to the novels and chapters in which the topic appears. Additionally, biographical notes on the historical figures are included, with sources provided in an annotated bibliography.
Während die Franzosen ihre Vorherrschaft im Indischen Ozean mit Hilfe ihrer Hauptstützpunkte auf La Réunion und Mauritius noch weiter auszubauen versuchen, fehlen den Briten die Schiffe um die Seewege für ihren Ostindienhandel ausreichend zu beschützen. Da auch eine unbegrenzte Blockade der Inseln nicht im Bereich des Möglichen liegt, erhält Kapitän Jack Aubrey den Befehl, die französischen Schiffe einzeln zu bekämpfen – ein Auftrag, dem ohne die zuverlässigen Informationsquellen des Schiffsarztes und Geheimagenten Dr. Stephen Maturin kein Erfolg beschieden sein könnte. Und obwohl die Chancen zeitweise sieben zu drei gegen Jack und sein Geschwader stehen, kehrt er als Sieger nach Großbritannien zurück. Und mit einer Beförderung zum Kommodore ... Der vierte Band aus der weltweit erfolgreichen marinehistorischen Serie um den Seehelden Jack Aubrey und seinen Schiffsarzt Dr. Stephen Maturin.
»Ein Amerikaner?« rief der Admiral. »Da sieht man’s wieder, die taugen alle nichts. Fast alle dieser verdammten Schurken sind selber Sträflinge, und der Rest ist ’ne buntgescheckte Affenbrut ...« Doch da irren sich die Engländer, und niemand erfährt dies schmerzhafter als Captain Lucky Jack Aubrey von der Royal Navy, den das Glück zu verlassen scheint. Schiffbrüchig und schwerverletzt muß er als Gefangener im Hafen von Boston ausharren, während die Briten rasch nacheinander die Verluste von drei Schiffen hinnehmen müssen. Doch mit Unterstützung seiner Informanten schmiedet Jacks Freund, der Schiffsarzt und Geheimagent Dr. Maturin, einen erfolgreichen Fluchtplan, und bald weht wieder der Gefechtsqualm über die amerikanischen Planken. Der sechste Band aus der weltweit erfolgreichen marinehistorischen Serie um den Seehelden Jack Aubrey und seinen Schiffsarzt Dr. Stephen Maturin.
Tom Perkins had a dream. It wasn't to get rich, acquire power, or marry into fame. As the man most responsible for creating Silicon Valley, he had done all that. His venture-capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, remains the most celebrated money machine since the Medicis. He'd helped found Genentech and fund Google. And in 2006 his resignation from the Hewlett-Packard board triggered the revelation of a spying scandal that dominated the front pages. Along the way, he also managed to get himself convicted of manslaughter in France and become Danielle Steel's Husband No. 5. No, as he hit his seventies, Perkins wanted to create the biggest, fastest, riskiest, highest-tech, most self-indulgent sailboat ever—the "perfect yacht." His fantasy would be a modern clipper ship—as long as a football field, forty-two feet wide, with three masts each rising twenty stories toward the heavens. This $130 million square-rigger—The Maltese Falcon—would evoke the era of magnificent vessels that raced across the oceans in the nineteenth century. But the Falcon is more than a tribute to the past. Gone are all the deckhands to climb the yardarms. Gone is the intricate rigging that helped give the square-riggers of yore their impressive look. Instead, the Falcon's giant carbon-fiber masts are entirely freestanding and rotate by computer. The bridge looks like something out of Star Trek. And the fifteen huge sails unfurl at the touch of a screen. In short, this is a revolutionary machine—the most significant advance in sailing in 150 years. With keen storytelling and biting wit, Newsweek's David A. Kaplan takes us behind the scenes of an extraordinary project and inside the mind of a larger-than-life character. We discover why any sane man would gamble a sizeable chunk of his net worth on a boat; we meet the cast of engineers who conspired with him; and we learn about the other two monumental yachts just built by gazillionaires that Perkins is ever eyeing. In a battle of egos on the high seas, Perkins loves to preen, "Mine's better! Mine's Bigger!" On the Falcon's climactic maiden voyage across the Mediterranean—sixteen hundred nautical miles from Istanbul to Malta to the Riviera—we revel with Perkins as his creation surges along at record-breaking speeds. This is the biography of a remarkable boat and the man who built it. More than a tale of technology, Mine's Bigger is a profile of ambition, hubris, and the imagination of a legendary entrepreneur.
Nur ein tollkühner Seemann wie Captain Jack Aubrey kann beschließen, mit der POLYCHREST Bonaparte in einem seiner eigenen Häfen das Fell zu gerben. Zusammen mit seinem Freund, dem Schiffsarzt Dr. Stephen Maturin, der jedoch eine Schot nicht von einem Fall unterscheiden kann, gelingt es Jack, der britischen Admiralität zu beweisen, was in ihm steckt: das Zeug zu einem der besten Kommandanten auf den Weltmeeren. Der zweite Band aus der weltweit erfolgreichen marinehistorischen Serie um den Seehelden Jack Aubrey und seinen Schiffsarzt Dr. Maturin.
Combining essays on people, theories, discoveries and concepts with overviews, primary documents and chronological elements, this reference offers a way to understand the impact of science on the course of human history and how science affects everyday life.

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