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OVERLOOKED HERO: A Portrait of Sir Sidney Smith by [Parsons, Joseph Hepburn, Grundner, T]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fireship Press (19 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003AZY56M
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #429,723 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The subject matter is essential reading for anyone with an interest in naval history. For those brought up on the exploits and momentous life of Nelson this book is a good reminder that the great man may not have been quite so great without characters such as Sidney Smith who, arguably, created the conditions for Nelson's fame.

I chose to give this book 3 stars because, whilst it was a good read, there were grammatical errors. I'm not convinced that the book has been properly prepared for digital release. Despite that, it was an enjoyable, entertaining and informative read.
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Sir Sidney Smith is a relatively little known figure and in that sense this short biography is helpful and interesting, covering all the important events that he was involved with. Unfortunately it is actually a chapter from an old and obscure book, edited to a current style. It reads much more like a hagiography than an assessment of his genuine merits and weaknesses. Those wanting a nuanced assessment of his place in history (and the place of "peripheral" figures to the narrative) will be disappointed.
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Having studdied the life of another forgotten hero, Willam H. Seward, Secretary of State for Lincoln and Johnson and the man who arranged the purchase of Alaska for the United States I was delighted that someone had at long last written about this forgotten hero. They have many things in common, Seward and Smith, the main one being that they were actually better men in many ways than the men that historically overshadow them, in Seward's case, Lincoln, in Smith's case both Nelson and Wellington. Who knew that Smith was at Waterloo and actually joined in the final charge despite being a civilian at the time? Wellington was none too pleased, he disliked Smith intensely, probably because Smith was a better man than him and he knew it. Smith put his own life on the line many times, Wellington put other people's lives on the line, rarely his own. Great book, great man, read about him and wonder how history has managed to basically forget him. (and Seward).
Alan Lowe. Manchester Metropolitan University.
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IT started out (to me)just another sailing book and took over my imagination it put me right there in with the Navel people that
were rescuing the then Prince of Wales and made it seem real .....................Thank you Great Book..........j.l.r.
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purchased by accident. I got it mixed up with another book i wanted so I was really pleased to find my grandad a fan. He loved it and was a pleasant suprise. ex condition, prompt delivery and would buy from seller again. thanx
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