Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut & London, 1st.ed., 2000. Xx + 220 pp., port. frontis + 14 other ills, maps, etc. Green & black cloth ; gold lettering. 24 x 16cm. FINE. Admiral Sir Charles Cotton (1753-1812) suffered like so many of his generation by being largely ignored by biographers ; one of the countless skilful and brilliant naval officers of the Great Wars of 1793-1815 overlooked or neglected ' "in the shadow of Nelson". And yet Cotton had a distinguished career and was the only admiral, apart from St. Vincent, to have commanded both the Channel and Mediterranean Fleets. He was not an outstanding officer with anything like the brilliance of Nelson, nor did he ever lead a fleet into action as Nelson had done, but his was a steady hand on the tiller ; one of those professional and able flag officers who did not have the opportunity to prove his true worth. Cotton's contribution was no less valuable however. As a commander-in-chief, he faced the hardships of blockade, the difficulties of diplomacy, and the delicate task of co-operating with the army. Cotton was devoted to the Navy and had no long periods on half-pay. He served for more than forty years from 1772 to 1812 and displayed notable qualities of leadership. Even shortly after his death in 1812, records of his life and achievements were patchy, unsound, and based on shallow foundations. In this book, the author attempts to redresses the balance and to show Admiral Sir Charles Cotton in a focused and sharper light.