Geoffrey Bennett served in the royal navy for 35 years and had the unusual experience of crewing a replica ship-of-the-line: he is therefore well qualified to describe the great age of fighting sail, its ships and weapons and how they were manned, and the strategy and tactics of the napoleonic wars. His analysis of nelson's campaigns and battles is the first by a professional naval officer since that of Admiral Mahan in 1897. Captain Bennett sets Nelson's failures at Tenerife and Boulogne against his triumphs at Cape St Vincent, the Nile, Copenhagen, and Trafalgar. He does not minimize the consequences of Nelson's passion for Emma Hamilton - the judicial murder of Caracciolo and such a flagrant disregard for orders that he was made to strike his flag.
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Captain Geoffrey Bennett RN (1909-1983) served in the Royal Navy from 1923 until 1958, during which time he was for three years Naval Attache in Moscow. He is the author of several distinguished books on the history of naval warfare, including The Battle of Jutland, Coronel and the Falklands, The Battle of the River Plate and Navalbattles of the First World War which is also published in Penguin Classic Military History.
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Book Description Penguin UK, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0141391294
Book Description Penguin Books, London United Kingdom, 2002. Soft Cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. Reprint. 321 pages index biblio notes b/w photos - An excellent biography - A simple title for a book, perhaps. On closer scrutiny, however, this title becomes all the more appropriate for a book which seeks to go beyond that which we thought we knew about this great hero and his many great victories. Geoffrey Bennett was a distinguished naval historian who also served for 35 years in the Royal Navy. As such, he brings an understanding of naval history and naval issues to this book in a way which is rarely achieved and, together, these attributes combine to create the most interesting read. In telling the reader about the 'real' Nelson - faults and all, the author does not seek to remove this great hero of Trafalgar from his worthy pedestal. Instead, in this well written biography, he sets out to ensure that Nelson remains firmly where he belongs - as the man he was, rather than as the mythical legend in which light he is so often portrayed. In short, we have read about the legend, now we learn about the human being that was that legend. Bookseller Inventory # 330695
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