Jefferson and the barbary pirates book

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jefferson and the barbary pirates book

Written in lively style this book is both informative and a quick read. For most readers of Pull Together it will be a review of episodes in the early Navy, important to the history but all too easily forgotten. For years, if not centuries, the rulers of Barbary, Morocco, Tunis, Algiers and Tripoli, had sustained their realms on the booty and ransom extracted from European, and more recently, American merchant ships. At first the young United States tried negotiation and even ransom payment but soon found the amounts demanded for captured ships were ever-increasing, exorbitant and unaffordable. The only alternative seemed to be war: defeat the robbers and eliminate the problem.
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BOOK REVIEW: 'Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates'

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But this is to say that the authors let historical idealism bend their narrative, and that they admit a hidden motive for the entire exercise only two pages before the epilogue. But while nothing succeeds like success, I still smell a jingo. This is cherry-picking history to suit a modern agenda. The turn of the 19th century was a very different time, and the world a different place. Go figure. Not able to afford to follow suit, America, an upstart nation, struck a blow for the freedom of the seas and in the end won a bargain with the piratical Moors. Kilmeade and Mr.

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rstdpp.org: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That American History (): Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger: Books.
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And national security. This is how you make history exciting. I dare you to put this book down. Only weeks after President Jefferson's inauguration in , he decided to confront the Tripoli pirates who had been kidnapping American ships and sailors, among other outrageous acts. Though inclined toward diplomacy, Jefferson sent warships to blockade Tripoli and protect American shipping, and then escalated to all-out war against the Barbary states. The tiny American flotilla—with three frigates representing half of the U. But that success came to an end when the USS Philadelphia ran aground in Tripoli harbor and was captured.

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