Nelson : love & fame /
Edgar Vincent.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2003.
xiii, 640 p. : ill. (some col.), maps.
0300097972 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2003.
0300097972 (alk. paper)
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Foundations for life -- Captain Suckling's legacy -- Five frustrating years -- Trying to get noticed -- Black marks & on the beach -- Melpomene, Minerve, La Fortune -- Totally neglected -- My disposition can't bear tame or slow measures -- It is active young men that are wanted not drones -- Into the limelight -- Hubris -- The Admirality dips for Nelson -- The hero ascends -- The Nile -- Hero meets heroine -- Disappointments, dilemmas & disharmony -- Neapolitan affairs -- Soulmates -- Public fame & private pain -- Bittersweet emotions -- Copenhagen -- Phoney war -- Fame without fortune -- Commander-in-chief -- Waiting -- French diversions -- Trafalgar : Dame Fortune's last favour.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Edgar Vincent entered the Royal Navy after graduating from Oxford and served briefly in the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Theseus, a namesake of the 74-gun ship-of-the-line that fought at the Battle of the Nile. For many years he worked for ICI, and later as a head-hunter and management consultant. A lifetime student of Nelson, Vincent is a member of the Society for Nautical Research, the Navy Records Society, the 1805 Club and the Nelson Society
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-05-01:
Vincent (retired senior manager from ICI) first became interested in Nelson during his own service in the British Royal Navy some 40 years ago. Unlike Terry Coleman's 2002 The Nelson Touch: The Life and Legend of Horatio Nelson, which sought to separate the man from the legend, Vincent attempts "a realistic, balanced and interwoven account of the whole of Nelson's emotional and professional experience." With 34 pages of notes and five pages of primary and secondary sources, 76 illustrations-60 in color-and 12 maps and battle diagrams, his biography is a well-written and excellently researched addition to the number of recent Nelson evaluations that will surely increase as the bicentennial of his death at Trafalgar nears in 2005. In the process of allowing Nelson "to describe his feelings as far as possible," Vincent concludes that he has ended up with neither an icon nor the Nelson he began with. Instead, the most telling summation of Vincent's analysis of Nelson's charismatic personality is his judgment of Nelson's death scene behavior: "In it there is something for all of us....His instinct for keeping control of the stories told about him was uncannily present." Recommended for all libraries with large history collections. [For more on Nelson, see Tom Pocock's The Terror Before Trafalgar, reviewed on p. 135.-Ed.]-Robert C. Jones, Warrensburg, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-03-31:
The approaching bicentennial of the Battle of Trafalgar has inspired a number of books on the Royal Navy and its great admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). Retired business executive Vincent follows a long and successful tradition of British writers who are neither academicians nor professionals with this comprehensive biography. Making extensive use of archival and published sources, Vincent provides a perceptive, empathetic analysis of a man who throughout his life focused talent and energy on the pursuit of ambition and self-presentation. Vincent's Nelson did not just seek love and fame; he equated them. At the age of 18 he consciously decided to be a hero, and his strong point remained self-confidence. Nelson increasingly identified his personal interests with the public welfare. He was prone to histrionics and inordinately fond of the first person singular. Yet at the same time he incorporated, to a degree unusual for military officers at any period, the virtues of communication, negotiation and collaboration. Vincent makes the telling point that, far from being the rule-breaking innovator of many accounts, Nelson was an organization man and a skilled player of navy politics, able to mobilize support for even his high-risk operations. He cultivated a charismatic personality to win the hearts and minds of his fellow officers, eventually succeeding in welding a group of standoffish, individualistic captains into a "band of brothers." Initially unsuccessful with women, Nelson was fortunate in his eventual relationship with Emma Hamilton. Far from being the embarrassing encumbrance of some saltier biographies, she emerges here as meeting Nelson's need for unconditional acceptance in a way that freed his formidable powers to concentrate fully on the professional achievements that earned him immortality-ironically, at the expense of his loved ones' welfare and well-being. Vincent's Nelson, for good and ill, would have made the same choice consciously, without hesitation. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 2003-12-01:
The subtitle of this handsome book deftly encapsulates the forces that drove Britain's greatest naval hero. Emotionally needy, craving love and affection, Nelson found passion in his notorious affair with Emma, Lady Hamilton, and devotion from among his commanders and junior colleagues. As a young man, Nelson decided he was going to become a hero. Supremely self-confident professionally, with a charismatic theatrical talent for leadership, Nelson emerged at the peak of the age of sail as a genius for conducting warfare at sea. His own correspondence reveals an unattractive, often petulant, egotism, but a professional humility. He was ready to learn from those he perceived to have something to teach, and he had the ability to identify good mentors. Nelson's life offers a lesson in the politics of success in a large organization such as that of Britain's Royal Navy. First-time author Vincent draws largely from primary sources, mostly published long ago; therefore he offers no startling revelations. Unnecessary detail swells the book, but the dry patches are punctuated by the author's frequent penetrating insights, persuading readers to keep turning the pages. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Most collections. J. C. Perry Tufts University
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Short Annotation
Edgar Vincent presents a full-length biography of Nelson, an enduring hero who remains as well known for his passionate private life as for his charismatic leadership & military ability.
Unpaid Annotation
Legendary for his exploits in war and in love, Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) comes into clear view in this captivating new biography. "The best modern biography of Britain's greatest admiral"--John Keegan, "Daily Telegraph." 76 illustrations, 58 in color.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Edgar Vincent presents a full-length biography of Nelson, an enduring hero who remains as well known for his passionate private life as for his charismatic leadership & military ability. This portrait builds on a wealth of recent research as well as fresh analysis of the primary sources.
Table of Contents
Maps & Diagramsp. vii
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Early Years
Foundations for Lifep. 9
Captain Suckling's Legacyp. 17
Five Frustrating Yearsp. 35
Trying To Get Noticedp. 57
Black Marks and on the Beachp. 86
Unhonoured & Unsung
Melpomene, Minerve, La Fortunep. 105
'Totally Neglected'p. 116
'My Disposition Can't Bear Tame and Slow Measures'p. 137
'It is Active Young Men that are wanted, not Drones'p. 149
The Making of an Icon
Into the Limelightp. 171
Hubrisp. 201
The Admiralty Dips for Nelsonp. 219
The Hero Ascendsp. 240
The Nilep. 259
Finding Love
Hero Meets Heroinep. 277
Disappointments Dilemmas and Disharmonyp. 299
Neapolitan Affairsp. 317
Soulmatesp. 347
Public Fame & Private Painp. 373
Winning & Losing
Bitter-sweet Emotionsp. 395
Copenhagenp. 419
Phoney Warp. 441
Fame without Fortunep. 460
The Road to Trafalgar
Commander-in-Chiefp. 489
Waitingp. 516
French Diversionsp. 533
Dame Fortune's Last Favourp. 559
Exeunt Omnesp. 584
Notesp. 587
Bibliographyp. 621
Indexp. 626
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