4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2004
This is a very good book covering the entire campaign of the Battle of the Nile. Brian lavery covers the run up to the battle and the aftermath in great detail as well as the action itself. If the sailing navy is your area of interest then this book is a "Must Have".
The author is an expert on the subject of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and his knowledge and expertise shows. This is the 2nd book of his that I've bought and I've added 2 more since. Buy this book and you'll soon know why.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2014
This is a highly enjoyable read by Brian Lavery. Nelson and the Nile takes an in-depth and well-researched look into the Nile Campaign in the summer of 1798. Lavery’s knowledge of naval history and, in particular, the Nelsonian navy, is evident in the ease in which he presents his findings.
What most interested me in this book, however, was the insight into not just Horatio Nelson’s personal life, but the lives of the men around him as well. While the book can be quite heavy on technical information and strategy, the opinions of the men on board the ships, as well as the family they left behind, kept me interested right through to the end.
on 27 May 2014
This is a splendid history of the events of the naval war between Great Britain and Revolutionary France, before during and after the battle of the Nile. Filled with fascinating details about ships and men, with information from contemporary accounts and letters, and an analysis of the campaign as a whole. It also deals with Nelson as a more complex commander than either his supporters or his detractors see him.
The only thing missing was a map of the battle, but there are plenty of places to find that.
on 16 May 2014
I have previously purchased Lavery's oeuvre so was delighted to see this book in Kindle format. Lavery's writing style is friendly and non-hectoring. He describes the actual battle blow-by-blow but more importantly he sets this battle in context. The context includes the History, politics, diplomacy, personalities, rivalries, even back-stabbing and character assassinations of the participants. After reading this book I had a more rounded appreciation of this pivotal event and it's importance.
I thoroughly recommend this non-fiction book.