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Based on Horatio Nelson's published correspondence and papers, this book analyzes the great admiral's patriotism, religion, character, and (especially) his professional techniques as a naval commander. Readers learn that Nelson disliked the French more than he did his other opponents; that he remained religious despite his flagrant adultery; that he was unusually solicitous of his men's health and well-being; and that he rivaled Rommel and Patton as a successful "maneuverist." On the other hand, he was subject to flattery, harmfully self-confident, and a failure at amphibious operations involving soldiers as well as sailors. Breaking down Nelson's performance into various categories linked to specific references in his letters is a useful project, although occasionally anachronistic. Hayward, a military analyst by profession, is most convincing when using modern military terminology. Although unknown to Nelson, terms like "directive control" may still usefully describe his actions. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Libraries with strong naval history collections, upper-division undergraduates and above. J. R. Breihan Loyola College in Maryland

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