Nelson: A Dream of Glory, 1758-1797

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Nelson: A Dream of Glory, 1758-1797

Nelson A Dream of Glory 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 Nelso

  • Title: Nelson: A Dream of Glory, 1758-1797
  • Author: John Sugden
  • ISBN: 9780805079340
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 childhoodThe 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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    1. Bruce on said:

      In reviewing this biography, I'm not going to tell you anything about the life of Horatio Nelson you can't easily find on . Why? Because most, if not all, of 's Nelson entry is based on the content of Sugden's two books. In essence, Sugden is to Horatio Nelson's life story what Richard Rhodes is to the rise of the nuclear age.Is Nelson's life worth such exhaustive, definitive treatment? I'd have to say no. His decisive victory over the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar was his [...]

    2. Xio on said:

      So far so good. The concept of 'interest' in colonial era cannot be explicated enough. The parallels to current concept of having 'connections' is obvious. Anyone know if there's been any writing on this?

    3. Lindsay Hedges on said:

      Somehow I got interested in naval history and this is an absolute must if you have the same fascination. The book does not cover the glorious last years of Nelson's life. It takes you through his family, childhood, and from his earliest years at sea as a "squeak" through midshipman, lieutenant, master & commander, commodore, and just into admiral.Every type of correspondence has been lovingly ploughed through to produce what I found a riveting account of his life, loves, characteristics, mis [...]

    4. Jonathan on said:

      This is biography as it should be written. John Sugden has found new and hitherto unknown sources to give us a fresh look at this most famous of (and written about) admirals. Nelson was a man of many parts, brave and patriotic, yet also a shameless self-promoter and easily flattered. His sailors and his officers (usually) loved him, yet he also betrayed and abandoned his wife and his mistress. It would, however, be a mistake to judge Nelson according to 20th century standards, and Sugden places [...]

    5. judy on said:

      Without a doubt, this will be the definitive biography of Nelson (assuming the author comes out with Vol. 2) It was 400 pages more than I wanted to read about the pre-Trafalgar Nelson, so I knew I wouldn't finish it. Still, the parts I read and skimmed were brilliant and lively. I learned things about Britain and the period on every page. It appeared to be wonderfully balanced and gave us Lord Nelson with some flaws. If the author has any bias its against the fascinating Emma Hamilton. He seems [...]

    6. James Titterton on said:

      Sugden charts the early life and career of Britain's most famous naval hero in an astonishing level of detail, debunking some popular myths along the way, to draw a nuanced portrait of Horatio Nelson. Like all the best biographers, he walks the fine line between admiration and brutal honesty about his subject. Nelson's courage, warmth and humanity are given a fair showing alongside his vanity, foolhardiness and infidelity. Sugden also displays a solid grasp of Nelson's historical context, how it [...]

    7. Duncan Cameron on said:

      As a proud Scot of the modern age, meaning one leaning towards independance,I have to say I am very proud believe it or not to be British.It's hard not to be after reading John Sugden's "A dream of glory".Is Nelson not one of the bravest, craftiest, and mosthonourable humans we "Brits", ha ha ,have ever produced?Honestly, what an inspiration to anyone.A believer in social justice and a lenient commander.A master of sail, and a loyalist to these islandsA saint, well maybe not, but surely one of t [...]

    8. Andrew Corcut on said:

      Quite simply the most comprehensive biography of Britain's greatest admiral. An astonishing achievement.The book draws on a wealth of sources to present a full and balanced picture of Nelson. Vain, often obsequious but not the hypochondriac portrayed by some, Nelson was nevertheless the consummate warrior sailor who inspired confidence in his men and the nation.This is the first part of the biography covering Nelson's rise. The second part, Sword of Albion is equally compelling.

    9. Carrie on said:

      Well, to say the least, it was thorough. I think with better editing at least 100 pages could have been trimmed. I was perhaps more annoyed by the length (and took way longer to read it) because I had it in paper book form, and even in paperback, this thing is a BRICK. Generally, though, it is a very well done biography.

    10. Eric on said:

      A FANTASTIC treatment of the rise of Nelson, Britain's greatest naval hero. A swashbuckling adventure and fine historical work rolled into one, this book was very difficult to put down. Been waiting (impatiently) 6 years for the sequel, and rumors have it The Sword of Albion will be released this fall!

    11. John Pedersen on said:

      This is the beginning of a fabulously readable and comprehensive biography of Lord Nelson, the Royal Navy's most famous commander during the Napoleonic Wars. If you have any interest in this time period or Nelson in particular, this book should be at the top of your list. I just hope the author gets that second volume out soon!

    12. Michael on said:

      Wow. The intensity of detail here is nothing short of extraordinary. Obsessive, even. I'm really quite impressed. The nice thing is that the detail didn't really get in the way of getting to know Nelson -- an incredible, brave and deeply flawed person. Only thing keeping it from five stars was the fact that it was a very dense read in spots, and an outright slog on occasion.

    13. Christopher B on said:

      I haven't got time to go in to great detail here, suffice to say it is an excellent read. Brilliantly researched and written in a highly readable 'voice'. I waited and waited for the next one to come along and getting ready to get stuck into that. Wonderful.

    14. Mark Krier on said:

      for all its intimidating length (for it is the first and shorter of two volumes) it is a joy to read and passes too quickly. wonderful detail is rendered brightly and Sugden's opinion and judgment is impeccable throughout. biography is rarely better than this.

    15. Tom on said:

      I stuck with this for 400+ pages. At that point, I think I'd read about 2 sea battles, neither of which was Trafalgar or the Nile. It was enjoyable but too slow, stuck in the Doldrums with nary a headwind.

    16. John Greally on said:

      Potent Naval reading about a most worthy subject. Watch as the author slips unwittingly into a lovely cross-over naval/land dated/modern prose so cute.

    17. Julian Stockwin on said:

      A major work of scholarship and a powerful reconstruction of Nelson's private and public life. Quite a long read, however

    18. Warren on said:

      Disappointed that it ended in 1797 and didn't continue until Nelson's death. Where is Volume Two, John?

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