Nelson: The Sword of Albion

Nelson: The Sword of Albion

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By (author) John Sugden

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  • Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 1040 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 236mm x 66mm | 1,461g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0224060988
  • ISBN 13: 9780224060981
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps, ports.
  • Sales rank: 106,296

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Sugden brilliantly interweaves graphic accounts of Nelson's famous victories at the battles of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar with his lesser-known yet equally gripping campaigns to liberate the Italian states from French domination and his role in the blockade of Malta, often snatching remarkable triumphs from crippling reverses. But behind his military prowess was a man riven with paradoxes and schisms at the very heart of his personal life. Nelson emerges as a strong-minded but vulnerable human being in constant need of affection and reassurance, whose relations with superiors, colleagues and friends were intense and stormy. We meet the fighting admiral in search of ultimate military victory, and the glory-hunter skillfully manipulating his public image; the national hero and patron of merit, and the indigent commoner trying to secure his position in a society dominated by wealth, property and land; the family man, and the adulterer who scandalized society by his passion for the mercurial Lady Hamilton - yet whose ambition for domestic tranquility was destroyed by his untimely death at Trafalgar. The triumphant and the tragic lend an epic yet human quality to the life of Nelson, fully exploited here in a richly detailed narrative that teems with a glittering array of sailors and civilians, heroes and villains, husbands, wives and lovers.

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Dr John Sugden has pursued a busy trans-Atlantic career as a lecturer, senior research fellow and writer. He is the author of a series of acclaimed articles and books, including Sir Francis Drake, Tecumseh: A Life, which won the Distinguished Book Award of the American Society for Military History, and Blue Jacket, which won the Ohioana Award. His fascination with Nelson stems from childhood, and he decided to write a complete life of Nelson when he discovered large amounts of untapped material whilst completing his doctorate in naval and political history.

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"An absolutely excellent book. Every bit is beautifully judged" -- William Leith Evening Standard "Sweeping, thrilling and psychologically acute, this second volume in John Sugden's biography will hardly be bettered...this book is a monumental achievement. Some readers may be daunted by its length, but the investment of time and effort is unquestionably worth it... It is a tribute to Sugden's skill that as Nelson lies stricken below desks, gasping for air, blood pouring into his chest, his officers biting back the tears and Hardy desperately wringing his hand, you pray that somehow, against all sense and reason, England's greatest hero might just pull through" -- Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times "The Last eight years of his [Nelson's] life dealt with in thrilling, monumental detail" Sunday Times "There isn't the slightest hint of modishness in Sugden's study, which not only has all the old-fashioned scholarly virtues but is also, in the time-honoured tradition of naval history, a thumping good read" Scotsman "John Sugden's utterly epic Nelson: The Sword of Albion is the longest, richest, most absorbing biography I've ever read... Sugden's book is of Tolstoyan dimensions" -- Roger Lewis Daily Mail