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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New edition (4 Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712661239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712661232
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,123,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Pocock is the author of 18 books (and editor of two more), mostly biographies but including two about his experiences as a newspaper war correspondent.

Born in London in 1925 - the son of the novelist and educationist Guy Pocock - he was educated at Westminster School and Cheltenham College, joining the Royal Navy in 1943. He was at sea during the invasion of Normandy and, having suffered from ill-health, returned to civilian life and in 1945 became a war correspondent at the age of 19,the youngest of the Second World War.

After four years wth the Hulton Press current affairs magazine group, he moved to the Daily Mail as feature-writer and then Naval Correspondent, becoming Naval Correspondent of The Times in 1952. In 1956, he was a foreign corresponent and special writer for the Daily Express and from 1959 was on the staff of the Evening Standard,as feature writer,Defence Correspondent and war correspondent. For the last decade of his time on the Standard he was Travel Editor.

He wrote his first book, NELSON AND HIS WORLD in 1967 on his return from reporting the violence in Aden and his interest in Nelson has continued. Indeed, eight of his books are about the admiral and his contemporaries; his HORATIO NELSON was runner-up for the Whitbread Biography Award of 1987.

Tom Pocock has contributed to many magazines and appeared on television documentaries about Nelson and the subject of another of his biographies,the novelist and imperialist Sir Rider Haggard.

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About the Author

Tom Pocock is the author of 18 books (and editor of two more), mostly biographies but including two about his experiences as a newspaper war correspondent. Born in London in 1925 - the son of the novelist and educationist Guy Pocock - he was educated at Westminster School and Cheltenham College, joining the Royal Navy in 1943. He was at sea during the invasion of Normandy and, having suffered from ill-health, returned to civilian life and in 1945 became a war correspondent at the age of 19,the youngest of the Second World War. After four years wth the Hulton Press current affairs magazine group, he moved to the Daily Mail as feature-writer and then Naval Correspondent, becoming Naval Correspondent of The Times in 1952. In 1956, he was a foreign corresponent and special writer for the Daily Express and from 1959 was on the staff of the Evening Standard,as feature writer,Defence Correspondent and war correspondent. For the last decade of his time on the Standard he was Travel Editor. He wrote his first book, NELSON AND HIS WORLD in 1967 on his return from reporting the violence in Aden and his interest in Nelson has continued. Indeed, eight of his books are about the admiral and his contemporaries; his HORATIO NELSON was runner-up for the Whitbread Biography Award of 1987. Tom Pocock has contributed to many magazines and appeared on television documentaries about Nelson and the subject of another of his biographies,the novelist and imperialist Sir Rider Haggard. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mr Darren Anderson on 8 Nov 2002
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I've currently got a library's worth of books on Lord Nelson and his navy (now that's an anorak if I ever heard one) but if Tom Pocock published one book a month on the subject I'd still buy it. Why? well simply because he, along with two other distinguished names, has the breadth of knowledge and also the knack of making it accessible to the masses in an easily digestible form. If you are looking for a definitive, acurate and detailed account of Admiral Nelson's life then this is one book you should add to your collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adrian on 22 Aug 2013
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Well written to provide a very interesting historical account of Horatio Nelson's life and times, and Nelson's very important place in international history. The insights into the characters of his friends and colleagues are as sensitively and perceptively described as for Nelson himself, together with the social attitudes of the time. What a different world it was - except for the North Norfolk weather - and one can well understand why Nelson's Column was erected. Interestingly though, his last wishes were not accommodated. A thoroughly good, entertaining and educational, read.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Sep 2004
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I have to say that I am new to the subject of History, bored off my chair (pue actually) as a youngster. Had I had a master story teller like the writer of this excellent book, perhaps things might have been different and I would not be scrambling to catch up.
This book has awakened an interest in the History of the Napolionic wars and Nelson in particular that cannot be put back into the closet. I simply could not put the book down once I started. Absolutely superb. If you only read one book on Nelson, then this is it!.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 2000
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Mr Pocock had to have dug deeply to beable to bring to life the special human quality that Lord Nelson had that sets him ahead of most military leaders, especialy Naval commanders and admirals of the time in which Lord Nelson lived. I felt I was meeting Lord Nelson personaly! Thank you Mr Pocock! Please write more about Lord Nelson!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE on 4 Jan 2014
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For those who, like me, know nothing of Nelson beyond the obvious points about arms, Trafalgar and Lady Hamilton this brief, but comprehensive run through his career is a useful eye-opener. Episodes of his service from the Arctic to Central America form part of a narrative that seems predestined to end in either death or glory or, as happened, both. One word of warning though, he doesn't come across as having been very pleasant and Emma Hamilton was clearly even worse. It all depends whether you can cope with your heroes having feet of clay or not.
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By neville.wilde on 9 July 2014
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Pocock writes more of the man Nelson than of his battles. The story is familiar yet the novelty of this approach sustains throughout the book.
I would have liked more historical context
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This biography of Nelson was a Whitbread Biography Award runner up in 1987. It is very well written and comprehensively covers all aspects of the life of this national hero. He was a man of great contrasts: a hero on the national scale who saved the country from the very real threat of French invasion, yet retained the respect, admiration and love of the common sailor; of relatively humble origins compared to other naval officers, the son of a Norfolk clergyman, he was the friend of the highest in society including William Pitt and King George III; while intervening in individual cases of injustice in favour of the common sailor, he was also a reactionary supporter of the monarchy both in Britain and in Naples, who had no sympathy for rising liberal ideas promoted by Thomas Paine and others (though he spoke in favour of an old comrade tried and hanged for planning regicide); while brought up in a morally conventional ethos, he flouted society's conventions by his affair with Lady Emma Hamilton, outrageously living in a menage a trois with her and her much older husband, Sir William, and treating his wife Fanny very shabbily.

This book took me a while to get through; I began it after a recent return visit to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Parts of it dragged for me and I have always found reading descriptions of military engagements fairly dull, though the description of Trafalgar here is gripping as one leads up to the inevitable outcome. It is undoubtedly a work of great scholarship and a definitive biography.
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