This is a wonderful book. Colin White has taken all the new research that has emerged over the last few years (much of it done by him) and has put it together in a marvellous, easy-to-read narrative of Nelson's professional life. All the main battles are here, and vividly described too, but what really attracts me about this book is the way that Mr White delves deep into the influences that made Nelson the great leader he was. Lots of lessons here about how to be a good leader - this could be a textbook for leadership in any field
Also, Mr White shows how Nelson learned on the job. Too many of the other books I've read make him out to be a genius from the start but that has always bothered me. Now I can see how right I was to question this simplistic view. Nelson made mistakes , often quite big ones, but he benefitted from them and did not repeat them.
The narrative style is superb - very vivid and exciting. And there are some excellent illustrations actually in the text rather than in plates which helps to bring the story alive even more.
This is not a full biography. If you want that go to Roger Knight's marvellous book, 'Pursuit of Victory'. But if you want a good, readable, exciting account of this brilliant man's life then this is the book to get. And its reasonably priced too!