Great Gamble : Nelson at Copenhagen. First Edition in dustjacket

By: POPE, Dudley NELSON, Horatio

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POPE, Dudley. The Great Gamble [dj adds: Nelson at Copenhagen]. London : Weidenfeld and Nicolson, (1972). First UK Printing. Pp. (12),1-579,(1), + 24 p. of plates. Illustrated. 8vo, brown cloth with gilt lettered blue title block to spine. Cowie 903: "The best book about the Baltic campaign". "On Maundy Thursday, 1801, the Royal Navy anchored a few hundred yards off the Copenhagen waterfront and engaged the Danes in a brief and bloody war. To Nelson, the Battle of Copenhagen was more than just a great gamble. It was unnecessary. England was fighting the wrong enemy. But at the Battle of Copenhagen, Nelson was not his own man. What miscalculations, what stupidities, what order of politics combined to put Nelson second in command to a man over sixty, a man with no real knowledge of naval warfare, a man who, at the height of the battle, when England so obviously had the upper hand, hoisted the signal for Nelson to retreat? The Great Gamble is more than just a full-scale and full-blooded account of one of the greatest sea battles of all time. Dudley Pope, with a scrupulous eye and unlimited access to Danish and British contemporarv papers, letters, memos and reports - many being published for the first time - throws a completely new light on the course of thebattle and presents an uncloaked picture of favours and intrigues, where t oo many ministers fought for too few positions, like a game of musical chairs, all too ready to apportion blame when everything broke down and war erupted in the North. And at the heart stands Nelson, one-eyed and one-armed, triumphant after his great victory at the Nile, helplessly in love with Lady Hamilton; eager for war, yet driven almost insanely jealous by the knowledge that while he fought among the floating ice and snowstorms of the Cattecat the Prince of Wales was trying to seduce his beloved Emma." - from the dj. Light spotting to top edge, shelfwear, else very good in nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 25.00

Title: Great Gamble : Nelson at Copenhagen. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: POPE, Dudley NELSON, Horatio

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1972, ISBN:0297004840:

Seller ID: 82773