- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; 1st Edition edition (October 31, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143037951
- ISBN-13: 978-0143037958
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 90 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. This illustrious introduction to the Battle of Trafalgar from an archeologist and historian is one of the best in generations for the nonseafaring reader curious about the nautical epic, and it also handsomely rewards those whose study of the battle goes back a generation or two. The battle itself and its aftermath form most of the narrative, interspersed with details of gunnery, ship handling, discipline, construction, damage control and shipboard health and medicine (not for the weak of stomach). The author gives full credit to the heroism of both sides—the dismasted Spanish flagship Santa Ana; the crew of the British Belleisle, also reduced to a wreck; and the aptly named French Redoubtable, from whose tops a stray bullet killed Nelson. Also given in more than usual detail is the weeks-long aftermath of storms, which sank most of the British prizes and during which the British further distinguished themselves by rescuing and landing enemy survivors. "If blood be the price of Admiralty, Lord God we ha' paid in full," Kipling wrote decades later, and this narrative of one of the bloodier occasions in winning that Admiralty is fully worthy of its subject. (On sale Aug. 22)
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Adkins' account focuses on the day of the Battle of Trafalgar, October 21, 1805, commenting upon the technology and tactics of sailing-ship navies and the readiness of the particular fleets that met at Trafalgar. An explanation of the strategic situation of France's threatened invasion of Britain frames the center stage of the narrative, a broadside-by-broadside description of which ship was where during the battle. Amid this structure, Adkins incorporates excerpts from survivors' accounts, which retain their gory power to appall. Trafalgar was a slaughter, a consequence of the near impossibility of sinking a wooden ship-of-the-line; hence, the British commander's decision to gain victory by closing with and killing enemy gunners. Writing in the traditional way about Nelson, Adkins knowledgeably narrates events for readers just discovering the blood-and-guts chronology of Trafalgar.
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The Kindle text itself is free of typos and reasonably well formatted. End notes are properly linked, as are the explanatory footnotes, which necessarily become endnotes as well; however, rather than being marked with asterisks and daggers, these are given their own numbering sequence, so that the numbered references in the text can be rather confusing. More significantly, the diagrams seem to have been placed exactly where they appeared in the printed book, even in the middle of paragraphs, and the captions are then placed at the ends of those paragraphs, so that they are often disconnected from the diagrams. The result is a strange muddle. The maps and plans are included, but the plates are not, although a "List of Illustrations" is included so that we can know what we're missing! The original index is also included, sans page numbers; since entries aren't linked to anything, it is essentially useless.
Overall, the Kindle edition is not as much of a mess as some other Penguin efforts, and certainly worth the lower price, but they still don't seem to quite get the concept of flowing text.
The book is a blow by blow account of the planning for the battle and how the plans for each fleet--the English fleet and the Combined fleet of France and Spain--were implemented. Nelson's battle plan was to break the line of ships organized by the French commanding admiral, Villeneuve. The French admiral wanted to maintain his line and have a "mobile reserve" of ships at his disposal. His dispositions went awry and his battle plan never materialized.
The book presents a number of attractive features: (a) detailed battle maps from hour to hour, so that the reader can see the progression of the battle; (b) a listing of the ships of each fleet, including number of cannons and commanding officers; (c) a detailed description of weapons and ships of the two fleets, to provide important context; (d) a description of key figures on each side; (e) excerpts from personal recollections by key actors in the battle; (f) extraordinary detail of the battle itself, including small details.
The book also speaks of the aftereffects of the battle. Included is the possible murder of the failed French commander, Villeneuve, the cheapness of the English government in taking care of its brave victors (including ignoring Nelson's request that Emma Hamilton and his daughter be taken care of), the dominant role of the English navy after Trafalgar.
This is a book that readers with an interest in this dramatic battle will find valuable. The detail gives a sense of the actual events of the time.
The book reads well and contains much information about life during this time period (1780-1810) and of life aboard sailing ships. Included are descriptions of the various types of cannons, how the use of each is preferred by the various ship's captains, and how all equipment is handled to the advantage of a long and prosperous length of time at sea; including the storing of water as grog. A great deal of detail (including maps) concerning the great sea battles of that day adds to the reader's understanding.
The life of Admiral Nelson is set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and plenty is said about the sea strategies against French and at times the Spanish fleets, which for Admiral Nelson ended at Trafalgar.
After reading this volume it is clear to me that the stories of Horatio Hornblower were written to simulate the exploits of the very popular Admiral Nelson.
Ordinarily I don't like to read books of military strategy but Nelson's Trafalgar is so much more than that. It's the telling detail that bring it to life, the individual accounts and the author's knowledge of life aboard a ship-of-the-line. This book should appeal to those landlubbers who aren't familiar with all the salty jargon sailors and geeks like to throw around, yet the author never condescends. If, like this American, you sometimes wonder what all the fuss over Trafalgar is all about, this book is for you.
If I were to only ever read one nonfiction book about the Napoleanic wars at sea, this would be the one.