The entire title of the book is Seize the Fire: Heroism, Duty, and Nelson’s Battle of Trafalgar. Now, I’ll tell you, I have two paintings of the Battle of Trafalgar, I have visited the HMS Victory, stood where Admiral Nelson was shot, and viewed where he died. Yes, in the land of naval history nuttiness, I rank right up there. With that said I REALLY enjoyed Seize the Fire.
I enjoyed Seize the Fire because it breaks down the Battle of Trafalgar in a manner which is easily understandable for any reader. It starts by framing where in history the French, Spanish, and English fleets were in their dominance. It then goes further to review, in exceptional and exciting detail, the status of each specific fleet in their battle readiness.
My most favorite section of Seize the Fire, is where the book transitions into each specific part of the battle. It actually breaks the battle into short periods and reviews how far apart the fleets were, what was occurring with navigation, weather, and the mindset of the sailors aboard each fleet. But what stands out most in my mind is the discussion on how Admiral Nelson instilled his Commander’s Intent in his leaders.
The book gives exceptional content to one of my favorite commander’s intent quotes by Admiral Nelson, “No captain can do very wrong if he places his ship alongside that of the enemy.”
Having leadership responsibilities across different parts of my life, I continue to remind myself to first, develop this mentality in others, and accept how they solve the challenge… done well with review and examination this will always result in being able to accomplish much more.
Personally, this is my favorite book of 2015. You should take the time and get it here.
Make sure to check out all the books I’ve enjoyed in 2015.