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Nelson: Love and Fame

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Legendary for his exploits in war and love, Admiral Horatio Nelson comes into clear view in this captivating new biography.

“This is a wonderful book, the best modern biography of Britain’s greatest admiral.”—John Keegan, Daily Telegraph

“A great biography and a poignant love story.”—Benjamin Schwarz, Atlantic Monthly

“A masterly biography, cool and sharp in long shots, in
Paperback, 688 pages
Published September 10th 2004 by Yale University Press (first published December 11th 1959)
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Pete daPixie
Jan 07, 2011 Pete daPixie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-18th-c
'Nelson' is a five star six hundred page full broadside of a biography. The author Edgar Vincent is an ex Royal Navy officer, which shows in this labour of love. Throughout this book we are presented with a life times collection of Lord Nelson's private letters and official communiques. Even if these documents are available in a single repository, it must still be a herculean task to present them all in so clear and concise a narrative. Much of Horatio's private correspondence naturally has the ...more
Apr 22, 2009 Espen rated it really liked it
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Detailed biography based on Nelson's correspondence, gives a good picture of Nelson as a person, his relationships with superiors, subordinates, his common-law wife Emma Hamilton and her husband. This book is widely regarded as one of the best Nelson biographies, but I would have liked to see a bit more on strategy and tactics of the battles themselves - as it is, the sheer number of anguished letters home for love, money and fame can be a bit overwhelming, though it gives a good indication of a ...more
Gordon Francisco
Apr 21, 2009 Gordon Francisco rated it it was amazing
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A fascinating read about the legend in British history that Lord Nelson was, and continues to be. But, this book is much more than a mere recounting of his many sea battles. Edgar Vincent bores into the person that was Nelson and the drivers in his being that made him what he was and what he represented and the internal turblence of his ethos that included his loveless marriage vis-a-vis his life's love and the mother of his daughter.

A lengthy and absorbing read easy to become lost and immersed
Dec 11, 2014 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
A Review by Anthony T. Riggio of “Nelson Love and Fame” by Edgar Vincent, 12-11-14

This was a hefty book and I would have preferred reading it on my Kindle. When I searched for it on Amazon, the Kindle Edition was $10.63. I searched on for a used hardbound edition and found one described as “Good” from a on-line used book dealer for $3.00 plus shipping of $3.00 for a total of $6.00. Naturally I bought the use hard bound and when I received it, it was in pristine shape. Makes one wonder why the el
Oct 07, 2015 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
I can't really say how much I enjoyed reading Vincent's Nelson: Love and Fame. It was one of the great reading experiences in my life.

AND YET...I have not rated it five stars. As biographers of great historical figures go, Vincent made some misteps (incredibly long paragraphs among other faults). The quotes from letters are often longer than necessary to make his point. The focus of the book is clear in the subtitle, and I would have preferred more focus on Nelson as a sailor and commander. So
Alex Nelson
Jan 20, 2015 Alex Nelson rated it liked it
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It's a good biography about the man, how he formed a team, and how he was a great leader. But this is not a book about naval I was a little disappointed. On the other hand, the book is well-written.
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See Espen's review me feelings exactly.
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