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Nelson the Commander

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He is revered as England's greatest naval leader.

The man who saved his nation from the French - and established British dominance of the oceans.

But two centuries after his death, does Nelson still deserve his reputation as one of the world’s great commanders?

Nelson’s triumphs have so caught the public imagination that his failures are barely remembered.

His only victori
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published December 23rd 2013 by Endeavour Press (first published January 1st 1972)
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brendan
Dec 29, 2009 brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bennett was a British Naval officer prior to his endeavors as an author. Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson is, to this day, the most recognized famous naval commander in recorded history. In Nelson the Commander, Mr Bennett engages the man solely in relation to his position as a commander. Mr. Bennett asks himself and his reader if Nelson's military accomplishments warrant his lasting historical recognition. Bennett established a series of standards by which to rate a commander's performance (includin ...more
J. Peter
Bennett does an excellent job of examining Nelson's career and his strengths and weaknesses as a commander. He does not succumb to either idolization of Nelson or go to the other extreme of trashing him. Instead, he succeeds in remaining objective.

For me, as an American, this was an enjoyable read as Bennett gave several nods to either American readers or American naval achievements. In other books I've read about British naval history, unless they dealt with a period as late as WWII, the early
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Captain Geoffrey Martin Bennett DSC, FRHS (1908–1983) was a British Royal Navy officer and author. He also wrote fiction as "Sea-lion".
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