Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

By Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger

When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt, with its economy and dignity under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary Coast routinely captured American merchant ships and held the sailors as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford.
For fifteen years, America had tried to work with the four Muslim powers (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco) driving the piracy, but negotiation proved impossible. Realizing it was time to stand up to the intimidation, Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy and Marines to blockade Tripoli--launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America's journey toward future superpower status.
Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: -From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea.- Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgotten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.



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Thomas Jefferson. Pirates. And national security. This is how you make history exciting. I dare you to put this book down. BRAD MELTZER, bestselling author of The President s Shadow 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. GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL (Ret.), author of Team of Teams A riveting book of history that reads as though it were ripped from today s headlines, and a must read for anyone seeking an understanding of the roots of U.S. foreign policy. 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. BRAD THOR, bestselling author of Code of Conduct 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. DONALD RUMSFELD As a Navy SEAL you witness great acts of courage every day, but it s easy to forget that the navy and Marines have been kicking ass right from their inception more than two hundred years ago. Count on Kilmeade and Yaeger to remind us of it with this swashbuckling adventure. MARCUS LUTTRELL, former Navy SEAL; author of Lone Survivor and Service If you want to understand the deep historic roots of the 9/11 attacks and what it will take to win the war against today s jihadists, you must read this book. DR. SEBASTIAN GORKA, Horner Chair of Military Theory at USMC University, Quantico"
Thomas Jefferson. Pirates. And national security. This is how you make history exciting. I dare you to put this book down. Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of "The President s Shadow" "" 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. General Stanley McChrystal (Ret.), author of "Team of Teams" A riveting book of history that reads as though it were ripped from today s headlines, and a must read for anyone seeking an understanding of the roots of U.S. foreign policy. Admiral James Stavridis (Ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO; dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University You can never know enough about the nation s founding fathers and the wise precedents they set for America s future. Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger bring to life President Thomas Jefferson s dramatic struggle with the Barbary pirates. 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" "" Another blockbuster! "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates" reads like an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning thriller! You will "love" this book and also wonder why so few people know this story. No one captures the danger, intrigue, and drama of the American Revolution and its aftermath like Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. Brad Thor, bestselling author of "Code of Conduct" 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. Donald Rumsfeld"



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Publisher Sentinel
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