Men of Honour By Adam Nicolson

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The Trafalgar bicentenary saw a deluge of Nelson books, but none better written or more bracing than this one. Writing in a white heat of commitment, Nicolson delivers a double broadside. He offers a truly gripping narrative of the battle, together with a subtle study of what heroism meant in 1805 - in its martial, poetic and Romantic aspects. The "troubling moral ambiguity" of Trafalgar, where idealism and sheer butchery collided, haunts British culture and history to this day.

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