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In the Hour of Victory: The Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson by [Willis, Dr Sam]
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Sam Willis has pulled off another notable coup in bringing to light these original dispatches, which add so much knowledge, and so much colour and interest, to a period we thought we knew so well. --N.A.M. Rodger

Sam Willis does not just transcribe the precious, privileged sources he has discovered. He also locates them in the warfare, seascapes, and politics of their time. His vivid writing and the book's lovely design make In the Hour of Victory a pleasure to handle and a revelation to read. --Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

About the Author

Dr Sam Willis is a maritime historian and archaeologist, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He is the author of the bestselling Hearts of Oak Trilogy and the Fighting Ships series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 27048 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD5GBUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like many other books covering naval history during the French Revolutionary & Napoleonic wars, this volume concentrates on the major battles; The Glorious First of June, Cape St. Vincent, Camperdown, the Nile, Copenhagen, San Domingo and Trafalgar, of course. What this book provides is a view of these battles in terms of the first hand reports and dispatches. In so doing, it highlights that in many cases the eye-witness is an unreliable narrator. Not always deliberately so but there are obvious examples of where diplomacy, face-saving or personal trumpet-blowing (in Nelson's case) take precedence over objectivity.

I own several of Sam Willis' books. I find his style both informative and very readable. In this book he adds a overview of each event (although, I suspect, few of the book's potential readers will be entirely unfamiliar with them) and puts the documents in context, so you know when and why they were written as they were.
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By Ludovico Sforza TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2013
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First rate read if one is interested in the Royal Navy. Basically the book contains some of the dispatches (original wording with pink background) from 7 seminal sea battles that the RN had between 1794 and 1806 and a considerable amount of background detail, both about the battles and the commanders involved.

As someone who is interested in the RN, but not particularly knowledgeable about the period, I mean I know about Trafalgar and the Nile but the others were a bit hazy. This has really enhanced my limited knowledge in a most enjoyable way. Reading the actual dispatches really brought the scenes to life, helped in a major way by the scene setting of Sam Willis who does an excellent job in this area.

I have three of four books by Mr Willis which I haven't yet got round to reading and after watching his recent television series, which I found very boring and 40 winks inducing to say the least, I picked this book up with some trepidation, no worries it's excellent and for my money Mr Willis comes across far better via the written word than he does on television.

Size wise the book is getting on for A4, some 355 pages or so, very readable text size, some reproduction diagrams and quite a few colour photographs of very good quality. Really please I got this book.
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Sam Willis is a very talented writer. I just finished his latest work "In The Hour Of Victory - The Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson". It's been a while since I've come across such a fluid and vivid style of storytelling. I found myself slowing things down towards the end of the book - re-reading pages and cross-checking facts with earlier passages in the book - the way you save the best stuff on your plate as 'dessert' for later on... It's a terrific book worth reading if you're at all interested in the age of sail. Well done Sam.
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I bought this book for my granddaughter's husband who is a Lt/Commander in the Royal Navy and he thought it was an excellent book as it brought the past into the present and how the Royal Navy was, and is, so important to the British Isles.
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Somewhere in the foreword of one of his Aubrey-Maturin novels, Patrick O'Brian talks about taking the infelicitous phrasing of the official reports of Nelson's captains and turning them the kind of English that a modern reader would enjoy.

He did. But the editor of this collection gives us some of those official reports and shows what PO'B had to contend with. He also fills in the background to the Royal Navy and its battles from the Glorious First of June in 1797 to Trafalgar and the pretty much forgotten San Domingo in 1806. I'm a history fan and I'm pretty sure I've never heard of the last of these.

I am afraid the illustrations don't come out well on the Kindle that I have. But it doesn't matter a great deal as the editor talks about them in his narrative, which is an excellent bit of historical fact and analysis.
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I chose this book after comments about it in warship world magazine. it is a very well written and explains what like life was like in nelsons navy. with many comments, letters and maps. a most interesting book which I would recommend to all nelson era fans.
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Brilliant idea for a book and gives a very interesting slant on well known naval battles. Sam Willis's writing is so good though, it is occasionally hard to switch from his writing to the somewhat less literary gifted admirals.

In addition to the main text, the appendix detailing the prizes is interesting and a great list of further reading.

Not a criticism of the book, but there are lots of tables of facts and figures - particularly relating to numbers dead and injured - so if you plan to read on a small screen device these are a little hard to read
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A good book for those already interested in and well informed on the period and battles in question. Focuses heavily on the new sources discovered by the author rather than general overviews, and the battles themselves rather than the Napoleonic Wars as a whole.
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