Books: Horatio on the Bridge

VICTORY: THE LIFE OF LORD NELSON (393 pp.)—Oliver Warner—Atlantic-Little, Brown ($6.50).

A Lord Nelson is the name given in Royal Navy wardrooms to a poker hand containing three Jacks. In the British tradition of understatement, this may or may not bear reference to the fact that Horatio, Lord Nelson, was a man with one eye, one arm and one idea—to beat the French. The latest and one of the best of the great sailor's biographies logs in scholarly detail the main tacks of a gusty life that carried him to the top of the column in London's Trafalgar Square—not to mention the...

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