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Admiral Collingwood: Nelson's Own Hero (edition 2005)

by Max Adams

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Title:Admiral Collingwood: Nelson's Own Hero
Authors:Max Adams
Info:Weidenfeld & Nicolson (2005), Hardcover, 320 pages
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Tags:non-fiction, history

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Admiral Collingwood: Nelson's Own Hero by Max Adams



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Great read about a largely forgotten sailor who was arguably a better seaman, a better tactician and a better diplomat than his dear friend Nelson, but has been completely overshadowed by the hero of Trafalgar. Collingwood was a meticulous plodder compared to Nelson's impetuous dash, a devoted family man to Nelson's notorious fling with Lady Hamilton, but he arguably did more to bring Napoleon to heel than Nelson. After Trafalgar it was Collingwood who kept the French at bay in the Mediterranean for 5 years, while Napoleon plotted to add Italy and Spain to his empire and turn the Med into a French lake. Eventually his devotion to duty killed him, after 40 years of loyal service, he died at sea on his way home to see his family after 6 years absence. A great book, a cracking read about the age of fighting sail, and a wonderful testament to a great sailor who deserves much more recognition than he's received. ( )
  drmaf | Dec 14, 2015 |
Great Englishman and sailor - under appreciated and scarcely written about. ( )
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"Admiral Lord Collingwood, the eldest son of a Newcastle merchant, went to sea in 1761, at the age of thirteen. In his nearly fifty years in the navy, keeping a diary throughout, he rose to become a fine seaman, a master of gunnery, a battle commander the equal of his friend - and rival in love - Nelson. He was also an accomplished writer and wit, a doting father, inveterate gossip, and consummate diplomat and strategist." "Collingwood's service took him to Boston, where he lived and fought during the American Revolution; to Antigua, where he and Nelson both fell in love with Mary Moutray, and drew each other's portraits; to Corsica; Sicily; and Menorca, where he began as a young midshipman and ended his career as the effective viceroy of the Mediterranean, dealing with beys and pashas, kings and queens and an eighty-strong fleet. Based on Collingwood's letters and recently discovered log books, here is an intimate view not just of the man himself, but of his life and times, of shipboard ways and all too brief periods on shore with his family. Max Adams travelled extensively around the Mediterranean and Caribbean to research this story of a man who gave his life to the navy in the glory years of the age of sail: the world of Jack Aubrey and Horatio Hornblower made real."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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