Friday, February 16, 2007

Remedial Reading...

I just finished Nelson's Trafalgar. I had started it a while ago, put it down, stuff came up and then I found it again. I'm glad I did.

Overall it was a good popular history of the Battle of Trafalgar. I would have liked to have seen footnotes, but the sources were rather solid and I did enjoy the first person accounts of the battle by the sailors who fought it. That's something that has been lacking in popular history books, an embrace of the available primary source material. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book took advantage of the excellent libraries and archives in Europe that had letters, diaries and official documents relating to the battle and its participants.

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