Originally I started reading about Horatio Nelson because he was such a hero to the Regency Brits. He is spoken about in many books of the time, and he is even referenced in movies that I sigh over such as Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. (Russell Crowe.. Mmmmmm). If you look at the painting of the young nineteen year old Captain Nelson above, painted by John Rigaud, you will see the fortress that he stormed as a young man in South America.
What I found out is that he was really an interesting man. I am not a military history kind of girl, so I was almost grinding my teeth before I started reading it and I was even questioning my choice. The book by Tom Pocock, however, is a great read. I really enjoyed it. While there is some military information here, the book is about the man behind the uniform. There is no strategy included within, which may put some people off, but for me, this was perfect. And, as any good book has, Pocock included some information specifically for me. Did he know that I would be reading his book?