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    DescriptionAn unforgettable look at the contradictions of heroism, as embodied by Horatio Nelson and as tested by the battle of Trafalgar. Adam Nicolson looks at the variety of qualities - ruthlessness, bravery, kindness, cruelty - that combined in both Nelson and his troops to carry that fateful day. Trafalgar gripped the nineteenth century imagination like no other battle: it was a moment of both transcendent fulfilment and unmatched despair. It was a drama of such violence and sacrifice that the concept of total war may be argued to start from there. It finished the global ambitions of a European tyrant but culminated in the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson, the greatest hero of the era. This book fuses the immediate intensity of the battle with the deeper currents that were running at the time. It has a three-part framework: the long, slow six hour morning before the battle; the afternoon itself of terror, death and destruction; and the shocked, exultant and sobered aftermath, which finds its climax at Nelson's funeral in a snowy London the following January. Adam Nicolson examines the concept of heroes and heroism, both then and now, using Nelson as one of the greatest examples. A man of complexity and contradiction, he was a supreme administrator of ships and men; overflowing with humanity, charm and love but also capable of astonishing ruthlessness and ferocity. Nelson's own courage, vanity, ruthlessness and sweetness made him one of the great identifiable heroes of English history. In Men of Honour, Adam Nicolson also traces the stories of many unknown people of the day. He tackles the move from the age of reason to the age of romanticism, and examines a battle that was not only a uniquely well-documented crisis in human affairs but also a lens on its own time. Adam Nicolson does not approach Trafalgar as a military historian. His book gives a wonderfully immediate recreation of both the battle itself and its aftermath in a rich, concrete and intellectually engaging style.


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    Title
    Men of Honour
    Subtitle
    Trafalgar and the Making of the English Hero
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Adam Nicolson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 412
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 402 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007192656
    ISBN 10: 0007192657
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DD
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    DC22: 940.2745
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010020, HIS037030
    BIC subject category V2: 3JF, 1DD
    Thema V1.0: NHD
    Illustrations note
    colour illustrations
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPerennial
    Publication date
    02 May 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Adam Nicolson is the author of many books on history, travel and the environment. He is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, the British Topography Prize and the WH Heinemann Award. He lives on a farm in Sussex. This is his fourth book for HarperCollins - his previous three being Sea Room, Power and Glory and Seamanship.
    Review quote
    'His descriptions of the battle itself, and of the personalities of those who engaged in it, are seamanlike, assured and informative' Independent 'The story of the battle has been told before, but rarely with the literary aplomb and almost cinematic realism that are to be found in Adam Nicolson's new book.' Sunday Telegraph 'Argued with vigour and written with grace, this is an illuminating piece of interpretive cultural history' Sunday Times 'Vividly clear ... Vibrant ... Compelling' Observer 'Nicolson does not aim (to give)a blow-by-blow account of the battle. Instead he takes a philosophical and literary approach ... In this he succeeds exceptionally well' Independent on Sunday