The most comprehensive and thoroughly researched account ever written of Horatio Nelson's early career and rise to prominence.
Dr John Sudgen has pursued a busy trans-Atlantic career as a lecturer, senior research fellow and writer. He is the author of a series of acclaimed articles and books, including Sir Francis Drake, Tecumseh- A Life, which won the Distinguished Book Award of the American Society for Military History, and Blue Jacket, which won the Ohioana Award. This first volume of his definitive biography, Nelson- A Dream of Glory, was published to great critical acclaim in 2004 and was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize.
"A masterpiece... The flagship of the fleet, it leaves all others trailing in its wake" -- Neil Hanson * Sunday Times *
"A magnificently-researched and thoughtful work which locates Nelson in a global context" -- Linda Colley
"This work is massively authoritative" -- Max Hastings * Sunday Telegraph *
"One can say with confidence that this momumental tome is the finest yet written on England's great naval hero. Sugden's brilliant book is chock-full of fascinating details. And if the second volume turns out as well as this, his life of Nelson will be one of the historical masterpieces of our time" -- Frank McLynn * Daily Express *
"A massive, first-rate battleship of a book" -- Colin White * Observer *