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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

by Brian Kilmeade , Don Yaeger

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt, with its economy and dignity under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary Coast routinely captured American merchant ships and held the sailors as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.

For fifteen years, America had tried to work with the four Muslim powers (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco) driving the piracy, but negotiation proved impossible. Realizing it was time to stand up to the intimidation, Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy and Marines to blockade Tripoli—launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status.

Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.” Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgotten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.

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ISBN-13:
9780143129431
9780143129431
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/18/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
272
Sales rank:
830
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
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About the Author

About the Author

BRIAN KILMEADE and DON YAEGER are the coauthors of George Washington’s Secret Six, a New York Times bestseller for more than five months. Kilmeade cohosts Fox News Channel’s morning show Fox & Friends and hosts the daily national radio show The Brian Kilmeade Show. He lives on Long Island. This is his fourth book. Yaeger has written or cowritten twenty-four books and lives in Florida.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters xiii

Author's Note xvii

Prologue: Unprepared and Unprotected 1

Chapter 1 Americans Abroad 5

Chapter 2 Secretary Jefferson 19

Chapter 3 The Humiliation of the USS George Washington 33

Chapter 4 Jefferson Takes Charge 45

Chapter 5 A Flagpole Falls 51

Chapter 6 The First Flotilla 59

Chapter 7 Skirmish at Sea 73

Chapter 8 Patience Wears Thin 87

Chapter 9 The Doldrums of Summer 95

Chapter 10 The Omens of October 111

Chapter 11 The Philadelphia Disaster 121

Chapter 12 The Cover of Darkness 131

Chapter 13 The Battle of Tripoli 151

Chapter 14 Opening a New Front 171

Chapter 15 Win in the Desert or Die in the Desert 181

Chapter 16 Endgame 193

Chapter 17 Fair Winds and Following Seas 199

Epilogue 205

Afterword 209

Acknowledgments 217

Notes 223

A Note on Sources 233

Index 237

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Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Thomas Jefferson. Pirates. And national security. This is how you make history exciting. I dare you to put this book down.”
—BRAD MELTZER, bestselling author of The President’s Shadow
 
“Reads like a fast-paced thriller but is actually a thoughtful account of America’s first foray into what has become a complex part of the world.”
—GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL (Ret.), author of Team of Teams
 
“This is a well-told tale, and there are lessons aplenty about both diplomacy and warfare—with useful application to the challenges the United States faces in our own time.”
—PROFESSOR LARRY J. SABATO, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics; author of The Kennedy Half-Century

“A fascinating story of extraordinary courage and resolve, and a brilliant reminder of an early chapter of our country’s remarkable history.”
—DONALD RUMSFELD

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How America won Respect
Great insight on how our young nation fought terrorism and won respect.
- Anonymous
May 10, 2016
A GREAT Read!
I brought this book because being a former Marine and having heard tell of "The Shores Of Tripoli" since I was in boot camp. I had to know the whole story. Although Lt. O'Bannon doesn't come into play in until late in the book it's still an interesting story. Any history buff will be more than satisfied with this book. Also for non history buffs it could well be interpreted as an action adventure story. Either way I highly recommend it.
- Anonymous
March 9, 2016
outstanding book
outstanding book
- Anonymous
November 27, 2015
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