Just who is John Paul Jones, hero of the high seas?! While many know him for his victory as captain of the Le Bonhomme Richard during the Revolutionary War, not many know what he was like, where he was from, or what his life was like. Learn more the man lauded by everyone from the French to Benjamin Franklin to Melville to President Theodore Roosevelt in this engaging account from National Geographic. Maps, archival illustrations, photographs, Sailing Glossary, timeline, and source notes included. 128 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
In a marble crypt in Annapolis, Maryland, at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, lies an American hero. In death, as in life, John Paul Jones commands the deepest affection of his fellow countrymen.
Veteran children's writer Michael Cooper takes a fresh look at one of the most colorful characters of the Revolutionary War period. The war is viewed from Jones's perspective and the reader lives out all the uncertainties, the risks, and the dangers faced by Jones with each dramatic battle at sea.
A Scots immigrant, John Paul Jones arrived in America on the eve of the War for Independence, and went on to serve in the Continental Navy. The arc of his exciting life's narrative would lead him to deliver the sting of war to the British people.
We follow Jones's seaborne odyssey until his fate is forged in the biggest naval battle of the American Revolution. Jones and his crew aboard the Bonhomme Richard engage the Royal Navy's Serapis and vanquish the world's greatest sea power. The name of John Paul Jones is thereafter etched into the imagination of generations of American schoolboys. Now, Hero of the High Seas gives our generation an original, accurate, and objective historical reference point for one of our country's earliest naval heroes.
In Jones we meet a determined, commanding man who demanded perfection and constantly strove for improvement. Although he remained a well-respected inspirational figure to his men, Jones's fiery temper also led him into several clashes with authority.
Michael Cooper tells the story of this hero of the high seas with an invigorating realism and eye for detail.
This historical biography is generously illustrated with period artwork, and photographs of historical artifacts. Fine National Geographic cartography traces the voyages and ports of call of this American hero.
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Michael Cooper is the award-winning author of numerous nonfiction titles for young readers. Cooper's book Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s, won the 2004 Golden Kite Award. He lives in Washington, D.C., and regularly speaks to schoolchildren about American history.
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