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

"FIVE STARS!! The vast majority of people do not read more than one or two biographies of Nelson in their lives. This was my second. The first was Hibbert's mass paperback. I liked this volume much more than Hibbert's. I do not know if this has so much to do with the fact that Hibbert uses more quotes from Nelson's personal papers than Warner, or whether there is a real difference. Hibbert's Nelson seems like a conceited wanker, whereas Warner seems to give a more balanced measure of the man. The leadership style of Nelson is really something that all can learn from: whether world leaders or captains of industry. Being compassionate for the right reasons, but absolutely ruthless in insisting upon the best in his men and setting the same standard for himself. He believed in aristocracy and privilege, but that rarely let him assume that he deserved more than he got. Warner describes this quality in well, as for example when Nelson testified in support of a former Royal Navy captain turned Irish rebel. The man concerned had been a loyal servant of the King and Nelson testified as to his good qualities. He also saved an AWOL seaman from the gallows. This contrasts with his ordering the whipping of those who, according to RN policy, had stepped out of line, or were found wanting in battle. Warner stresses the entire definition of naval battle success changed under Nelson: from Nelson's time onwards - to Jutland, Midway and Leyte Gulf - nothing less than total defeat would be the goal of sea battles. Those captains who did not close with the enemy to destroy them ostracised. The "Nelson Touch" became the norm."

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Hardback 1949.

256 pages.

Very good condition.

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