By Adrian Smith
A far-sighted conflict hero or an bold networker promoted above his abilities? Deservedly celebrated as a naval officer and confidant of worldwide leaders, however, for a few, Mountbatten's skills stay questionable. during this well timed new biography, Adrian Smith paints a special and convincing photograph, of an basically smooth determine of a technocratic age, a nuts and bolts officer specialising within the technical branches of the Senior provider, and aristocrat maybe, yet dedicated to professionalism and the decrease deck. Smith brings Mountbatten to existence and uncovers the fundamental features. underneath the wealthy, aristocratic, pleasure-loving and privileged external there has been a deeply human, even weak yet pushed personality -- and a pivotal determine within the imperial and army heritage of the 20 th century.