Does Nelson still deserve his reputation as one of the world's great commanders? His triumphs caught the public imagination but his failures are barely remembered.
His only victorious battle at sea was Trafalgar -- at Copenhagen and the Nile he destroyed ships at anchor -- while his infatuation with Emma Hamilton, his role in the judicial murder of the Neapolitan Commodore, Caracciolo, and his flagrant disobedience of orders brought him disgrace and dishonour.
Yet this was the man whose death brought tears to the eyes of the toughest sailor. Did England's naval hero possess the inner steel and strategic genius which marks one of the world's great captains? Or has his role been inflated by history?
Geoffrey Bennett, a distinguished historian who himself served in the Royal Navy for thirty-five years, provides a full and meticulously researched account of Nelson's life and career, which will enthral students of history and the general reader alike.
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