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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History - Summary and Analysis by Bibliomaniac (2016-01-18) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1750
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This is a very quick read but well worth the readers time. This book is just around 200 pages which I read in a few hours, but it took me much longer to look up all the places, ship designs and other details the authors described. This book is a foretelling of history that was doomed to be repeated over and over again. I literally couldn't put this book down and when I didn't have it in my hand I would be thinking about what happened. How I could consider that I have been formally educated and yet to have never heard the first word about this part of history is amazing. Other than the marine anthem with the words "from the shores of Tripoli" not a word have I heard about this conflict. This declared war was over shadowed perhaps by the Lewis and Clark Exposition or Thomas Jefferson himself. Having read about Jefferson from numerous books it seems almost impossible an impression wasn't made to me prior to reading this book regarding the Barbary Pirates of the Mediterranean.
Having said all of this, I did have some confusion with all the different boats/ships the authors named during various confrontations. Most likely it was just my lack of understanding of navel vessels that caused by confusion. However, on occasions the authors would write that perhaps only one ship was present, then in the next reference the same characters were on another smaller boat. I don't know where the smaller boats came from, but again this is most likely more on me then the writers. Personally, I would also enjoy learning more about how a handful of marines crossed 500 miles of dessert and ended up with 500 or 600 fighters? Also, where did all the money come from to hire mercenaries? Did they carry money with them of that magnitude. Again, I do not wish to knock the authors on these trite matters as I truly loved the book. It's probably the first book in a while I actually didn't wish was so short.
This appears to be our countries first venture into organizing coup's and it appears we have followed the same model every since. Promise and then short on delivery of those promises.
I would highly recommend; the story reads like a novel with every page being unbelievable!