Nelson: A Dream of Glory

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Pimlico, 2005 - Admirals - 943 pages
The most comprehensive and thoroughly researched account ever written of Horatio Nelson's early career and rise to prominence. There have been numerous biographies of Nelson, but most fail to penetrate the mythology encrusting Britain's greatest naval hero. John Sugden has examined thousands of naval, military, diplomatic and personal documents. He has ruthlessly stripped away the legends and brilliantly reconstructed Nelson's private and public life. Nelson: A Dream of Glory charts the period of Nelson's career most neglected by earlier writers - from childhood to his debut as a public hero after the breathtaking victory against the Spanish fleet at Cape St Vincent, when he became an admiral and stood on the verge of international fame. Dealing with every facet of Nelson's life - the man, the naval officer and the Georgian - John Sugden offers the only full account of Nelson's early voyages and the first complete analysis of the formative incidents in his career, including his conflict with civil and naval superiors in the West Indies, his campaigns in Corsica and his service as a commodore in the Mediterranean. family, patrons, officers and also, with his women. Nelson: A Dream of Glory combines ground-breaking scholarship with a vivid and compelling style. This magisterial biography will immediately become the benchmark against which all subsequent books about Nelson will have to be judged.

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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

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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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About the author (2005)

John Sugden is an author and lecturer and holds several degrees. He has pursued historical research in archives throughout Britain and North America. His books include biographies of Sir Francis Drake and Tecumseh. He is a member of the Society for Nautical Research.

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