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A Thirst for Glory: The Life of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith Kindle Edition
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Tom Pocock's expertise on the life and battles of Admiral Nelson has been indisputable. In this book he reveals another talented and colourful character who was also the idol of London society - "the first lion of the day" - after a daring escape from close captivity in a Revolutionary prison in Paris. Pocock's biography is very well written, and proceeds at a cracking pace that reflects the constant stream of Sidney Smith's adventures. At times one forgets that it is a well researched biography (there are 11 pages of reference notes as well as a bibliography) for it could almost be taken for a novel. Like his rival Nelson, who has eclipsed him as a popular hero, Sidney Smith was sometimes conceited, always bold, and generally had luck on his side to carry him through his daring schemes.Read more ›
It's a great pity that Sir Sidney Smith is not better known, but his temperament did not suit the age. He would have been a well know national hero had he lived in the 20th century.