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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History tells the little-known story of the Barbary Wars. During the early years of the new republic, America had no navy, and no funds with which to pay the bribes that Morocco, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli demanded. However, after American prisoners were made slaves, Jefferson and Adams knew the cost of keeping ships away would be greater than the cost of addressing the problem-but how? Should America remain neutral? Or use military power? 246 pages, indexed, softcover.
Number of Pages: 256
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.30 (inches)|
When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt, with its economy and dignity under attack. Pirates from North Africas 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 Tripolilaunching the Barbary Wars and beginning Americas 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 countrys 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.
BRAD MELTZER, bestselling author of The Presidents Shadow
"Reads like a fast-paced thriller but is actually a thoughtful account of Americas first foray into what has become a complex part of the world."
GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL (Ret.), author of Team of Teams
"This is a well-told tale, and there are lessons aplenty about both diplomacy and warfarewith 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
"A fascinating story of extraordinary courage and resolve, and a brilliant reminder of an early chapter of our countrys remarkable history."
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