I can thoroughly recommend this book as a good read and a fascinating insight into the inner lives of three world-famous people who were icons of their times.
Dr Ryder's clear and delicate style of English produces vivid portraits of the subjects' inner and outer lives. Interesting and original insights into the psychology of the heroic Nelson blend happily with a dynamic biographical style - you feel as if you are right there with the young Nelson in his eighteenth century country parsonage home.
The author's sensitive, tentative, evidence-based approach will appeal very much, both to readers who are interested in what makes people tick and to those who love a good story or biography. Dr Ryder has carefully and thoughtfully researched his subjects, producing succinct biographies, with convincing psychological explanations of the inner, sometimes unconscious, motivations of three supremely influential individuals. As might be expected from a highly qualified, experienced clinical psychologist, the analyses ring true - and they enhance and enrich the biographies.
Dr. Ryder has added another jewel to his previously published biographical/historical works and animal welfare classics. This book educates and informs, but above all, it is entertaining and very difficult to put down.