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Nelson: The Sword of Albion

Nelson: The Sword of Albion [Kindle Edition]

John Sugden
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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)

"A superb biography" (Andrew Roberts Sunday Telegraph)

"An authoritative account of Nelson’s dramatic naval and personal life... In prose of admiral clarity Sugden binds together the strategy, tactics and of course battles, with powerful evocations of their tumult and horror, into lively narrative" (Robert Steward Spectator)

"John Sugden has written a splendid book about this great Christian warrior" (Paul Johnson Tablet)

"A good read" (Paul Johnson Spectator)

"Meticulous in its coverage, acute in its psychological assessments, and gripping in its accounts of his game-changing victories" (Andrew Holgate Sunday Times)

"Sugden has gone through a good deal of unpublished material and this two-volume work will remain standard for many years... it is also a good read" (Paul Johnson Spectator)

"John Sugden’s achievement is to understand both Nelson the admiral and Nelson the tortured individual ... These two volumes exemplify the art of biography ... They are, and will remain, indispensible" (Ben Wilson Literary Review)

"A book of consistent clarity of writing and argument. It weaves a rich tapestry around the Admiral" (Times Literary Supplement)

"A carefully nuanced yet ultimately admiring depiction of the Norfolk hero" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Sugden has packed so much, but what is most refreshing about this book is that it is no hagiography. This is Nelson, the hero and the man, warts and all" (Good Book Guide)

"Authoritative" (Good Book Guide)

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Undoubtedly the most comprehensive and intimate biography of Nelson ever written, The Sword of Albion encompasses the high dramas of the Battles of the Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3598 KB
  • Print Length: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (27 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Preferred Nelson dreams of Glory 12 Jan 2014
By Andrew
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I much preferred Sugdens first book, mainly due to Nelsons early life being characterised by constant action, whilst his later life which this book describes is a few fleet actions and his work as a diplomat. This period in his life was also taken up by Lady Hamilton. Pleased I read it but not as good as the first book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding scholarship 1 Nov 2012
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This second volume of John Sugden's biography of Nelson does not disappoint. After impatiently waiting for its publication, John Sugden's scholarship once again, brings Nelson alive and shows us, warts and all,
the man who was perhaps Britain's greatest warrior. It's essential reading for children of a certain age and adults alike if we are to understand our nation's history and appreciate the horrors and grimness of armed conflict
to which we resort when threatened with conquest.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite quite outstanding 9 Nov 2012
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Having waited 8 years for the second volume, I have astonished at the quality and detail of the scholarship shown here. I haven't finished the book yet (it is many hundreds of pages long) but what I have read makes it one of the best biographies I have ever read. It is not a military history so don't expect details of battles except where they pertain to Nelson himself. Quite brilliant. One tiny tiny quibble: the notes and references are dreadful to use when compared with Vol 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A biography worthy of it's subject 1 Nov 2012
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Exceedingly well researched,Dr Sugden gives you an impartial view of his subject.The writing has a terrific pace about it,suitable to the man of action it portrays
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 27 Mar 2014
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If you read just one biographer of Nelson then it has to be Dr John Sugden. Quite simply this is the summit of scholarship and readability combined.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nelson and his battles 31 July 2014
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Previous views are accurate. I very much enjoyed the first volume, long and detailed as it is. Nonetheless it gives an intriguing glimpse of life at the time, at least from the point of view of the officer class, though I feel, perhaps it understates the brutality, but that's not what the book is about. It charts the life and times of Nelson, this volume deals with his time as an admiral and his most famous battles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 26 July 2014
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Like the famous warship, this biography triumphs. The build up to Trafalgar is particularly well written; real tension before battle, then the explosive action with no sparing of horrific detail, finally great pathos in the description of Nelson's death. Masterly from beginning to end, throughout two hefty volumes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best 29 April 2014
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Together with the first part, “A Dream of Glory", this two volume biography of Nelson by Dr Sugden is unlikely to be surpasses as it is both well written and authoritative. Dr Sugden gives sources for all of his contentions, and differentiates between provable facts and likely probabilities. Both volumes give life to Nelson as a man, rather than simply as an Admiral, and might well be of interest to someone who is interested in the social, rather than the military History of the period. Others have used superlatives to describe these volumes and I can only echo these sentiments. My only personal quibble, and it is a personal quibble, is that I would have liked to have seen a little more of Nelson's friendship with Collingwood. If you only read one biography of Nelson, this has to be it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lots to read, very interesting.
Published 1 month ago by Gerald Raymond Lafferty
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
My husband says he enjoyed this book.
Published 3 months ago by GJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Having read the part 1 of Mr. Sugden's Nelson already, this book is excellent as well. Detailed, well researched, easy to read.
Published 7 months ago by ERCAN ARGUNHAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Read, re-read and read again!
I bought this book for my father, who enjoyed I immensely. There is so much information he has read it several times.
Published 8 months ago by Xrat
4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas
I got this on behalf of my mother in law to give as a present. As the recipient loves history this was on his wish list
Published 8 months ago by Janet Susan Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sword of Albion
I had previously read John Sugden book Dream of Glory and was not aware a bio sequel had been written until a newspaper article informed me that both Sugdens books are keystone... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Paul Alan Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooray, volume 2 is here!
I so enjoyed the early volume A Dream of Glory, that I have fretted for years for volume 2. The wait was worth it, another magisterial analysis of Nelson. Read more
Published 9 months ago by anthony Lea
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value
Really good price - fascinating book - well written and well worth reading I recommend it to anyone interested in Nelson
Published 15 months ago by judi whitmarsh
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