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Most Secret and Confidential

Intelligence in the Age of Nelson
by Steven E. Maffeo
Naval Inst Pr

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Pub Date: 2012
Format: Paperback with bw illus.
Pages: 355 pp.
Size: 6.00 x 8.75 inches

ISBN: 9781591145387
TB Code: 1808048
Availability: 359 in stock

This book treats readers to a close-up look at the ingenious methods used to obtain and analyze secret material and deliver it to operational forces at sea. It brings together information from a variety of sources to provide the first concise analysis of the use and development of intelligence in the days of fighting sail. The British experience from 1793 to 1815 is the book's main focus, but it also includes French and American activity. In addition the book examines how commanders used the information to develop strategy and tactics and win--or sometime lose--battles. A naval intelligence officer himself, author Steven Maffeo illustrates the role of this "dark craft" by concentrating on the experiences of Lord Nelson and his contemporaries. A profoundly complex figure, Nelson epitomized the active acquisition of intelligence and the bold execution of decisions based on an understanding of the material, and Maffeo offers fresh and illuminating information that supports the admiral's high regard for intelligence work.