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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John Sugden, historian and lecturer, has pursued his research for this work in archives in Europe, Britain, and North America over the past decade. His earlier books include biographies of Francis Drake and Tecumseh, the native American chief. He lives in England.
The flagship was the farthest out, and it was probably a little after three in the morning when her watch heard a voice hailing them out of the night. Josiah's boat came alongside with the wounded admiral, and the men began to lower a chair. Nelson would not hear of it. "No," he said, "I have yet my legs and one arm," and in saying so he used a rope to struggle up the side unaided. William Hoste was aghast when he saw "the man whom I may say has been a second father to me," climbing onto the deck, "his right arm dangling by his side." Yet he showed "a spirit that astonished everyone" and "told the surgeon to get his instruments ready, for he knew he most certainly would lose his arm, and that the sooner it was off the better."
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Book Description Jonathan Cape, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11022406097X