Excerpt from The Two Captains: A Romance of Bonaparte and Nelson Critics, the ble name by which we describe over worked or should I t say overwhelmed modern book reviewers, are among the few people who read prefaces. I do book reviewing myself frequently, therefore I speak by the card. It may save the critic the necessity of reading the book. Therefore I con fidently expect that what is here set down will fall under the critic's eye. (observe I do t say the critical eye.) I write this for him. Let him praise the book. Let him damn it if he will. Let him igre it if silence be to his fancy. But whether it be praise or blame, let him accord it on the merits or demerits of the book and on thing else. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.