David Howarth was an accomplished British historian who worked for the BBC and then, during the Second World War, joined the royal navy. His two excellent books, “The Shetland Bus”, and “We Die Alone” are books with strong strands of adventure and suspense. They are history up close --- at first hand --- but as recently as yesterday or last year. Howarth has also written a number of other books that delve further into the past. “Trafalgar --- The Nelson Touch” is one of these. And it is given the Howarth touch. The common man, seaman in this case, is given as much attention as the Great Men including Vice Admiral Nelson, as much attention as the battle and the dreadful storm that ultimately did more damage to the fleets than they had been capable of inflicting upon each other. The narrative moves quickly --- we are not burdened with the minutiae of the engagement that some authors insist cannot be dispensed with. Lots of illustrations, portraits, and maps of the battle. A very readable look at the Battle of Trafalgar.
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