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A THIRST FOR GLORY
The Life of
Admiral Sir Sidney Smith

TOM POCOCK
1st. Published by Aurum Press Ltd., London

ISBN 1 85410 437 3

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Admiral Sir Sidney Smith liked to think of himself as a second Nelson, and there were remarkable parallels between the two: dash, ambition, originality, vanity, a tendency to disregard orders, an eye for an attractive woman and charismatic leadership in war. Smith and Nelson also shared the credit for changing the course of history by ending Napoleon Bonaparte's dream of eastern conquest: Nelson at the Battle of the Nile and Smith by his defence of Acre.

Always rivals, Smith and Nelson came to know each other well as both enemy and friend. Smith planned to snatch Nelson's laurels by destroying the French and Spanish fleets with newly invented rockets and torpedoes before Nelson fought them at sea off Cape Trafalgar.

While Nelson has become the unrivalled national hero, Smith has been almost forgotten. Yet had his advice been followed, campaigns and expeditions in the Middle East would have been unnecessary and thousands of lives saved. Sir Sidney Smith was an adventurer as much as a strategist. Imprisoned as a spy in Paris and at risk of execution, his attempts to escape were worthy of the Scarlet Pimpernel. As a diplomat he was a forerunner of Lawrence of Arabia and, with comparable theatricality, he returned to London in Arab robes. It was characteristic that, having spent most of his life fighting the French, he should choose to spend the last quarter-century of his life in Paris.

In telling his story, Tom Pocock has made use of unpublished and unfamiliar material to illuminate one of the most extraordinary and eccentric characters in the great age of individualistic heroes.

Admiral Sir Sidney Smith liked to think of himself as a second Nelson, and there were remarkable parallels between the two: dash, ambition, originality, vanity, a tendency to disregard orders, an eye for an attractive woman and charismatic leadership in war. Smith and Nelson also shared the credit for changing the course of history by ending Napoleon Bonaparte's dream of eastern conquest: Nelson at the Battle of the Nile and Smith by his defence of Acre.
Always rivals, Smith and Nelson came to know each other well as both enemy and friend. Smith planned to snatch Nelson's laurels by destroying the French and Spanish fleets with newly invented rockets and torpedoes before Nelson fought them at sea off Cape Trafalgar.

While Nelson has become the unrivalled national hero, Smith has been almost forgotten. Yet had his advice been followed, campaigns and expeditions in the Middle East would have been unnecessary and thousands of lives saved. Sir Sidney Smith was an adventurer as much as a strategist. Imprisoned as a spy in Paris and at risk of execution, his attempts to escape were worthy of the Scarlet Pimpernel. As a diplomat he was a forerunner of Lawrence of Arabia and, with comparable theatricality, he returned to London in Arab robes. It was characteristic that, having spent most of his life fighting the French, he should choose to spend the last quarter-century of his life in Paris.

In telling his story, Tom Pocock has made use of unpublished and unfamiliar material to illuminate one of the most extraordinary and eccentric characters in the great age of individualistic heroes.

Tom Pocock has been described as the foremost current authority on Lord Nelson, and has written six books about Nelson and his time. His Horatio Nelson was runner-up for the Whitbread Biography Award of 1987, and has subsequently been published twice in paperback. His other ten books include biographies of the writers Alan Moorehead and Sir Rider Haggard, and the artist Walter Greaves, studies of Venice and Norfolk and two volumes of his memoirs as a newspaper war correspondent. He is married with two daughters and lives in London.

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A Thirst for Glory: The Life of Admiral Sir Sidney Smith - Tom Pocock: Admiral Sir Sidney Smith liked to think of himself as a second Nelson. Smith and Nelson also shared the credit for changing the course of history by ending Napoleon Bonaparte's dream of eastern conquest: Nelson at the Battle of the Nile and Smith by his defence of Acre.
'The Young Nelson in the Americas' in which the author, Tom Pocock, states that the most exciting and dramatic passage of his American service has hitherto been strangely neglected — the ill-fated Nicaragua campaign. This was a daring scheme concocted by the Governor of Jamaica during the War of American Independence for cutting the Spanish American Empire in two and anticipating the Panama Canal by securing direct access to the Pacific.
Remember Nelson: The Life of Captain Sir William Hoste by Tom Pocock. The climax of his professional career came in 1811 when, at the Battle of Lissa in the Adriatic, he won a brilliant victory over the French and their Venetian allies. This was followed by daring and spectacular attacks on the two great fortress-cities that are now Dubrovnik and Kotor in Yugoslavia, where his feats inspired some of the adventures that C. S. Forester attributed to Captain Hornblower.

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