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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History Hardcover – November 3, 2015
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“Reads like a fast-paced thriller but is actually a thoughtful account of America’s first foray into what has become a complex part of the world.”
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—ADMIRAL JAMES STAVRIDIS (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO; dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
“This is a well-told tale, and there are lessons aplenty about both diplomacy and warfare—with useful application to the challenges the United States faces in our own time.”
—PROFESSOR LARRY J. SABATO, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics; author of The Kennedy Half-Century
“Well written, nicely paced, and well documented. I thoroughly enjoyed this must read that brings to life a critical period in our nation’s history and shows the importance of a navy in our nation’s security.”
—KIRK S. LIPPOLD, former commander of the USS Cole; author of Front Burner: Al Qaeda’s Attack on the USS Cole
“No one captures the danger, intrigue, and drama of the American Revolution and its aftermath like Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.”
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“A colorful, exciting, and historic account of an overlooked portion of American military history, and a wonderful tribute to the brave sailors and Marines who set a high standard for U.S. maritime operations.”
—GENERAL JACK KEANE (Ret.), chairman of the Institute for the Study of War
“A fascinating story of extraordinary courage and resolve, and a brilliant reminder of an early chapter of our country’s remarkable history.”
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About the Author
BRIAN KILMEADE and DON YAEGER are the coauthors of George Washington’s Secret Six, a New York Times bestseller for more than five months. Kilmeade cohosts Fox News Channel’s morning show Fox & Friends and hosts the daily national radio show Kilmeade & Friends. He lives on Long Island. This is his fourth book. Yaeger has written or cowritten twenty-four books and lives in Florida.
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This book is worth your attention if you are interested in U.S. history, our early Federal governing body, Thomas Jefferson, et.al, and the beginning and subsequent growth of our Naval presence on the world scene.
Whenever I read fiction, if the story becomes too unbelievable, I often stop reading. I had to keep telling myself that this history actually happened. The authors write in a very easy to read manner, so it can be read by teenagers on up (I am retired). It is only 200 plus pages long and I wished it were twice the length.
I enjoyed the book so much that I could not understand how anyone could rate it only one star. It is sad that some of the reviewers giving it one star had not read the book, but only expressed their own political leanings.
I enjoyed the book so much I ordered Kilmeade's book on Washington's spies.
For a much better history of the squadron, ship, and Marine actions during the US wars with Barbary Pirates, I recommend "Dawn Like Thunder" by Glenn Tucker.
To put the wars in context and a correct history of the creation of the navy by President John Adams and the Federalist Party with its opposition by Thomas Jefferson and the Republican Party, I recommend "Six Frigates" by Ian W. Toll.
For a very good discussion in the context of religious and political beliefs of the Americans at the time, I recommend "The Barbary Wars" by Frank Lambert.
For shorter versions of the wars (that are still more informative and superior to Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates) included in a broader context I also recommend "The Forgotten Wars" by Howard P. Nash and "Edward Prebble" by Christopher McKee.