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From the Shores of Tripoli? not hardly.
on February 19, 2014
The Pirate Coast: I found the book to be historically accurate, but overall, it's a dry read. The author never really brings the action to life. As a former Marine, I was indoctrinated with stories of the glory that Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon bestowed on the Corps. In fact, the verse in the Marine Corps hymn, "To the shores of Tripoli" specifically mentions the victory of a small group of Marines and mercenaries over the Barbary Pirates and yet, there is very little written about the Marines in this book. Most of the narrative is dedicated to the adventures of the former Naval Officer and Special Envoy Eaton. I think the author should have spent a little more time and effort writing about O'Bannon as the book would have been better received by the community of Marines, who despite the knuckle dragging reputation, are avid readers. Even in the cast of characters listing, Presley O'Bannon is simply listed by his rank. So, in my opinion, a book about an event that details one of the most historical of many such events of the storied Marine Corps is merely a footnote in this book as is one of its most famous Marine.