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Horatio Nelson: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history [Paperback]

Angus Konstam , Peter Dennis

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July 19 2011 Command (Book 16)
The most famous admiral in history, Horatio Nelson's string of naval victories helped secure Britain's place as the world's dominant maritime power, a position she held for more than a century after Nelson's death. A young officer during the American Revolution, Nelson rose to prominence during Britain's war with Revolutionary France, becoming a hero at the battle of Cape St. Vincent. He went on to win massive victories at the Nile and Copenhagen, before leading the British to their historic victory at Trafalgar in 1805. But, in that moment of his greatest glory, Nelson was struck down by a French sharpshooter. Today Nelson is revered as an almost mythical figure - a naval genius and a national hero. He was also a deeply flawed individual whose vanity, ego and private life all threatened to overshadow his immense abilities. This book reveals the real Nelson.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (July 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849084955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849084956
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is much more to this book than the general synopsis provided. It is a story of a man who was remarkable in so many ways. A man who was both a brilliant tactician in battle and childish in his personal affairs. An outstanding read on an equally outstanding man and one you should not pass up." - Scott Van Aken, Modelling Madness 

About the Author

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 50 books, 30 of which are published by Osprey. This acclaimed and widely published author has written several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates and Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Brief Biography of Nelson Aug. 10 2011
By DeathToIran24 - Published on Amazon.com
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Angus Konstam has written a good biography on Horatio Nelson. Konstam praises his subject on count of his naval abilities and analyzes his battles at Cape St. Vincent, the Nile, Copenhagen, and finally Trafalgar. However he is very critical of Nelson for his insubordination and his affair with Emma Hamilton that left him sidelined for a year. While Konstam obviously admires his subject he has written a fair and balanced book on Nelson.
4.0 out of 5 stars Extended Cliff Notes, very informative March 10 2014
By Edward S. Pound - Published on Amazon.com
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After a trip to London, I was interested to learn more about Admiral Nelson. This book worked very well for me. Told me enough detail about the man to get a sense of his life and some details of his primary naval battles. I didn't want a tome so this was perfect. Names plenty of other sources for further research.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great, short account of this British Hero's life. Nov. 22 2013
By Balsonomic - Published on Amazon.com
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I was disappointed to find it was not a hard-back. Perhaps I did not read the description correctly... However, it is a good and well presented short account of the major episodes, mainly his naval actions, in Nelson's life. In its short length, just over 60 pages, it shows good illustrations and diagrams of both his personal life and naval exploits. A good 'read' for those who cannot get through the major biographies of this well revered British Hero.
3.0 out of 5 stars a Sketch nota Book July 15 2013
By Paul H Schurr - Published on Amazon.com
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Informative but brief - no depth nor detail. More like a synopsis. Worth reading if you want an outline of Nelson's naval career.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic May 3 2013
By Steph - Published on Amazon.com
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Clear, plain english, well illustrated book giving background and context the Nelsons actions together with good detail around significant periods of his life.

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