The Nelson Touch: The Life and Legend of Horatio Nelson

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Oxford University Press, Jul 8, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 472 pages
Admiral Horatio Nelson captures our imaginations like few other military figures. A mixture of tactical originality, raw courage, cruelty, and romantic passion, Nelson in action was daring and direct, a paramount naval genius and a natural born predator. Now, in The Nelson Touch, novelist Terry Coleman provides a superb portrait of Britain's most revered naval figure. Here is a vivid account of Nelson's life, from his childhood and early career at sea--where a high-placed uncle helped speed his advancement to post captain--to gripping accounts of his greatest sea battles. Readers will witness the Battle of the Nile, where Nelson crushed a French squadron of thirteen ships of the line, and the Battle of Trafalgar, where he died at the moment of his greatest triumph. What emerges is a man of strength of mind amounting to genius, frequently generous, always fascinated with women, often uneasy with his superior officers, and absolutely fearless. Nelson was a ruthless commander, whose instinct was not just to defeat the enemy but to annihilate him. Sure to appeal to readers of Patrick O'Brian and other seafaring fiction, as well as all military history and naval history buffs, this is a superbly written biography that gives readers the texture and feel of this magnificent life.
 

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Novelist and historian Coleman (Going to America) employs his investigative skills in this carefully researched biography of Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) in an attempt "to tease out the man from the ... Read full review

Contents

Perceive the Contrary Effect
Nelson Found Wanting
The Horror and the Benefit to the Nation
Shall Come Laughing Back
The Making of the Legend
The Nile and the Happy Instrument of
The Family and the Great Stage of Life
Fiddlers Poets Whores and Scoundrels

So Much for Gratitude
The Long Watch and the Grand Race of Glory
State Funeral and Empty Chariot
Nelson at Naples 1799
Running at the Ring of Pleasure
Let My Heart Speak for
The Sicilifying of My Own Conscience
Inactive at a Foreign Court 19 The Homecoming
Champion of England in the North
Not Since the Armada Business
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Terry Coleman is an independent scholar, novelist, and former journalist. He is the author of Going to America, the acclaimed history of Irish immigration.

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