The Battle of Trafalgar


The 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar has produced a crop of new books about Nelson, the Battle, the Tactics, the People, and the Ships. Some of these books have been extremely disappointing warmed over retreads of material first published some years before. Happily this is not one of those books. This book is the first in a new series from Conway with the first ten titles already planned. If the other titles reach the same standard, this should be a very valuable series of general maritime and naval histories. There is no new and revolutionary insight, but there is a new and highly readable format that collects together and presents a comprehensive range of information that can be read from cover to cover or scanned at random or referred to by section. The publisher has set out the material using a selection of devices including sidebars and boxed out sections. This presents the information as specific themes which provide a vehicle to include a wider range of information than many histories manage. As a result many of the personalities who were submerged under the dominating story of Nelson stand out as personalities recognized for their vital contribution to events

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