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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.
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 4 days 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 14 days ago by K. R. Webb
Seller did fine ! A great story. Almost comical at times. Love to see a remake of the movie !Published 9 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 14 months ago by DonG