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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.
Seller did fine ! A great story. Almost comical at times. Love to see a remake of the movie !Published 4 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 4 months ago by email@example.com
This is an interesting biography of a naval war hero during the American War of Independence. Being in the military I have heard his name thrown around but know next to nothing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by SLIMJIM
I enjoyed the book. It revealed how jones was far from perfect but was a great fighting captain. There were no dull passages.Published 6 months ago by Tom B
This book was very enlightening. I learned much about JPJ that I was not aware of, especially his constant efforts to be given the command he deserved. Read morePublished 8 months ago by DonG
An interesting narrative with a slightely misleading title. Much less the founder of the American Navy than perhaps its "first noteworthy seacaptain. Read morePublished 8 months ago by PN
The content of this biography is probably hisorically accurate and interesting, but the overly dramatic narration is both annoying and often unintelligible.Published 15 months ago by William R. Toddmancillas