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Jones, despite his too brisk manner, was a true success, if not genius, as a naval captain. Early in the Revolutionary War, he captured a shipload of winter uniforms destined for General Burgoynes army in Canada, which instead warmed General Washingtons troops as they swept across the Delaware to defeat British at Princeton and Trenton. Later, Jones helped formulate the Navys plan of psychological warfare on British citizens. And Joness strategy to cut off the British fleet via the French Navy was arguably the most decisive strategic decision of the War.
In the end, Thomas makes a good case for a renewed appreciated for Joness role in the broader revolution, citing his many connections to the Founding Fathers and his contributions to the broader war effort. While it may be that the John Paul Jones who proclaimed "I have not yet begun to fight" never existed, the real man behind the textbook legend is every bit as compelling a figure in Thomass hands. This temperate biography situates Jones in what will likely prove durable fashion among portraits of Adams, Franklin, Washington, and Jefferson. --Patrick O'Kelley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There was much I did not know about John Paul Jones, as well as the lack of a real Navy during the early years of our nation, and John Paul Jones ego. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gloria
There are some exciting episodes in this book about a seriously flawed and often unbalanced hero.Published 3 months ago by P.C. Tennen
It was very detailed with historical references, but still read like a novel in the sense that you really get a sense of Jones' personality.Published 4 months ago by Max Brigham
Evan Thomas's John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy is good biography. Thomas covers the life of John Paul Jones from his birth in Scotland to his actions in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by RJ Stokely
It appears to be well researched with reference to supporting material and indications when something cannot be validated. Easy and interesting read.Published 7 months ago by K. R. Webb
Seller did fine ! A great story. Almost comical at times. Love to see a remake of the movie !Published 16 months ago by Picky customer
JPJ, according to Mr Thomas, was a self-centered, egotistical, dictatorial mean-spirited misanthrope (and probable pedophile) who has been mistakenly lionized by the US Navy as the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org