Nelson: A Dream of Glory, 1758-1797
Macmillan, 2. nov 2004 - 943 pages
The most authoritative and captivating account ever written of legendary British naval commander Horatio Nelson's early career and rise to prominence
Among military and naval commanders, Horatio Nelson stands as one of the finest examples of inspirational leadership. The historian John Sugden charts the period of Nelson's career neglected by earlier writers-from childhood to his breathtaking victory against the Spanish fleet at Cape St. Vincent when he became an admiral, lost an arm, and won international fame. Like Alexander of Macedon, Nelson led from the front (not always a sensible custom). But he was a natural leader and a genuine hero, and his actions invariably raised his stock with his men, who trusted him as a commander willing to share their dangers.
Nelson combines groundbreaking scholarship with a vivid and compelling narrative style. Detailing every facet of Nelson's crowded life, the author offers the only full account of Nelson's early voyages and the first complete analysis of the formative incidents in his career. Throughout there are revealing and startling discoveries about Nelson's relationships with family, patrons, officers, and men-and with his women. Previous biographies have failed to penetrate the mythology encrusting one of the world's greatest naval heroes, and none has been based on a thorough examination of original sources.
Nelson will immediately become the benchmark against which all subsequent books about Nelson will be judged. It is a biography of the best sort: compelling, authoritative, and thrillingly alive.
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LibraryThing ReviewKasutaja arvustus - DylanDavis - LibraryThing
Wonderful. Tirelessly researched and never authoratative about shaky "facts," Sugden performed marvelously with the finest Nelson biography produced. Keeping a 900-page biography interesting is not ... Read full review
Nelson: a dream of glory, 1758-1797Kasutaja arvustus - Not Available - Book Verdict
In his introduction to this impressive work, Sugden (Sir Francis Drake ; Tecumseh ) suggests that, despite recent biographies of Horatio Nelson (e.g., Terry Coleman's The Nelson Touch and Edgar ... Read full review
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Captain Sucklings Nephew
East Indies Adventure
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Captain of the Agamemnon
A Long and Hazardous Service
Two Meetings with French Gentry
Drifting to Leeward
From Flag Captain to ShipBoy
The First Commands
In the Wake of the Buccaneers
The Poor Albemarle
Love in StOmer
Old Officers and Young Gentlemen
The Prince and the PostCaptain
The Happy Moment
Who Will Not Fight For Dollars?
More Daring Intrepidity Was Never Shown
Useless to my Country
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