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Dec 1, 2013 — Napoleonic Wars? The Royal Navy? Yawn. Novelist Nicola Griffith had low expectations when she started reading Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander. But soon she was tearing through the 20-volume series, reveling in the deeply rendered friendship between the characters Jack and Stephen. It's a masterpiece, she says: "Jane Austen on a ship of war."
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Aug 22, 2011 — Two hundred years ago this summer, England entered its Regency period. Many associate the era with Colin Firth's turn as Mr. Darcy, but it was also a time of political uncertainty. To celebrate the period's 200th anniversary, author Stephanie Barron suggests three books that put Mr. Firth to shame.
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Jul 26, 2011 — NPR coverage of Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, And Nelson's Battle of Trafalgar by Adam Nicolson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 7, 2010 — When writer Abraham Verghese was 10 years old, he went off to sea in a British frigate to battle Napoleon's navy. Verghese made this perilous journey thanks to C.S. Forester's unforgettable series about the adventures of Captain Horatio Hornblower, books he still loves, years later.
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Sep 18, 2007 — Author David Cordingly discusses his book, Cochrane: The Real Master and Commander. Lord Cochrane was a British naval hero and a controversial figure during the Napoleonic era.
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Mar 20, 2006 — Edward Cotham, editor of The Southern Journey of a Civil War Marine, talks about the book. It's the diary of a Union navyman who was captured by Confederate soldiers. The diary captivated readers when a Texas newspaper published it in serial form.
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