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5.0 out of 5 stars Truely, a dream briography!, 12 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Nelson: A Dream of Glory, 1758-1797 (Hardcover)
This is a rich book full of hitherto unknown detail of Nelson's exploits and character, which if I dare say it, exceeds Hibbert's earlier personal assessment. It is a rich analysis of action and introspection that is expertly and schollarly weaved into a collosal narrative that truely sheds the full specturm of light onto this man's quest, almost thirst, for glory. Past biographies have tended to portray Nelson as almost god-like with very few disparaging detractions or criticisms (unlike those heaped upon Wellington or Pitt, say) so it is very refreshing to see the Admiral with "warts an' all". I have two criticisms of this work; first the illustrations are, I feel unimaginative (being in B/W for one) and the second are the errors, of which I could only pick up two. On page 281, the author asserts Collingwood died in 1808, rather than the accepted date of March, 1810. On the very next page, the author states that Braddock's force was ambushed in 1775 when in actual fact this event took place twenty years earlier. These are excusable considering the scope of the work. One gratifying aspect was the distinct lack of orthographical errors, a trend in modern works so prevelent these days. Highly recommended and I eagerly look forwarrd to the concluding volume.
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