Nelson: Love & Fame

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Yale University Press, 2003 M01 1 - 640 páginas
The story of Horatio Nelson's life - his naval glory, public fame, charismatic leadership, scandalous romance, and untimely death as he led the British to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar - has ensured his enduring position as England's favourite hero. This engaging, full-length biography of Nelson (1758-1805) presents a gripping account of his climb to fame as well as the fascinating details of his personal and emotional life. A man of contradictions, Nelson emerges in this biography as a ruthless and aggressive leader, the epitome of a fighting commander; an ambitious attention-seeker capable of self-pity, self-delusion, and childish behaviour; yet to be admired for his transcendent courage, kindness and leadership skills, which inspired love and affection in those he led.
The author offers new interpretations of Nelson's victories to illustrate his grasp of today's concept of mission-command two centuries ahead of his time; his disobedience of his Commander-in-Chief's orders; and his part in the bloody and chaotic Neapolitan counter-revolution. Vincent also analyzes the motives and attitudes of key figures who surrounded him, among them Earl Spencer, Earl St. Vincent, Sir William Hamilton, and Thomas Troubridge. Interwoven with the events of Nelson's career is his emotional journey, his early infatuations, his courtship and marriage with Frances Nisbet, and his all-consuming affair with his mistress Lady Hamilton, one of the most celebrated beauties of the eighteenth century and the mother of his child.
 

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Vincent (retired senior manager from ICI) first became interested in Nelson during his own service in the British Royal Navy some 40 years ago. Unlike Terry Coleman's 2002 The Nelson Touch: The Life ... Leer comentario completo

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Introduction
1
Part I Early Years
7
Part II Unhonoured Unsung
101
Part III The Making of an Icon
169
Part IV Finding Love
275
Part V Winning Losing
393
Part VI The Road to Trafalgar
487
Exeunt Omnes
584
Notes
587
Bibliography
621
Index
626
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