Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and Nelson's Battle of Trafalgar


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Harper Perennial
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5.36 X 8.06 X 0.91 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

A New York Times bestselling author, Adam Nicolson has won many major awards including the Somerset Maugham Award, the W. H. Heinemann Award, and the Ondaatje Prize. His most recent title is Why Homer Matters. Mr. Nicolson lives in England with his wife and grown children.


"argued with vigour and written with grace, it is an illuminating piece of interpretive cultural history."--Sunday Times (London)
"Of the books marking the bicentenary of...Trafalgar, Adam Nicolson's can claim to be one of the most original"--The Week
"Bold and provocative...Nicolson's book stands out from amongst its rivals."--Sunday Telegraph
"Vibrant and welcome addition to the admittedly already large library of Nelsonia."--Jonathan Bouquet, The Observer
"Elegant and imaginative."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
"Nicolson brilliantly characterises each navy - British, French, Spanish - as an expression of the countries to which they belonged...vivid"--Country Life
"The reader will find nothing dull about this sparkling work...majestic, poetic and, at base, authentic."--Literary Review
"strikingly original...Mr. Nicolson brings to life superbly the horror, devastation and gore of Trafalgar."--The Economist
"full of suspense and vivid, raw descriptions of the butchery...sublime writing"--The Scotsman
"A masterly reconstruction of this event."--Christopher Hitchens, Atlantic Monthly
"Seize the so ripping I faced the classic ocean-voyage quandary. Halfway through, my supply of pages dwindling, I started to ration...stirring, vividly written book."--Independent on Sunday
"A thrilling book."--Bloomberg News
"So ripping I faced the classic ocean-voyage quandary. Halfway through, my supply of pages dwindling, I started to ration."--David Lipsky, New York Times Book Review
"A well-reasoned transoceanic rejoinder to Freeman's Affairs of Honor, and a pleasure for fans of Aubrey and Hornblower."--Kirkus Reviews
"Nicolson's eye for detail creates a compelling readability."--The Spectator