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Great Introduction to the real Capt Jack Aubrey
on 3 February 2009
While Horatio Nelson looms large in the story of the RN in the late 18th and early 19th century it is perhaps the less well known Collingwood who through attention to detail, training, discipline tempered by a deep humanity sought to secure th supremacy of the Royal Navy on the high seas and in t mediterranean. Adams, formerly an archaeologist of great repute, very ably highlights Collingwood the humble man thrust to greatness without seeking to do anything other than his job the best way he could. This book is well written with humour and insight, but essentially it is a story of a hard working very able man doing his very best and excelling in extraordinary times. Collingwood was not a "flash harry" like Nelson, he was neither ostentatiously eccenteric nor did he share confidences with the inner circle at court. What he was was a damn fine sea man, gunner, tactician, diplomat and administrator. It is this history that Adams brings out, which by the very nature of the man of the title it is not thrilling or flash. Collingwood worked hard and excelled but did not seek glory, self publicity or thanks, it is these elements that Adams brings out. A good book for which Max Adams should be praised.