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This is an auction for A PORTRAIT OF LORD NELSON by Oliver Warner. review:

"The vast majority of people do not read more than one or two biographies of Nelson in their lives. This was my second. I liked this one much better than Christopher Hibbert's. I think that I got a much more well-rounded opinion of the man and his leadership style. In Hibbert Nelson always seems like a conceited wanker. Warner seems to give a more balanced measure of the man. The leadership style of Nelson is really something that all can learn from: being compassionate for the right reasons, but absolutely ruthless in insisting upon the best. He was an unabashed believer in aristocracy and privilege, but that rarely let him assume that he deserved more than he got. Warner describes this quality well. For example, Nelson testified in support of a former Royal Navy captain turned Irish rebel. The man had been a loyal servant of the King, and Nelson was concerned to testify as to his good qualities while they were serving together. He also saved an AWOL seaman from the gallows. This contrasts to his whipping of those who had stepped out of line or were found wanting in battle. Warner shows how the definition of naval battle 'success' changed under Nelson: nothing less than total defeat would define the nature of future sea battles, from Nelson's time on to Jutland, Midway and the Leyte Gulf. After Nelson the old line-em-up-and-pound-each-other ship battles, continuing until one side had had enough, became a rarity. Those captains that did not close with the enemy to destroy him were ostracised. The 'Nelson Touch' had now become the norm."

Paperback 1987.

398 pages + illustrations.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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