Tripoli: The United States' First War on Terror (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 12, 2009 - History - 320 pages
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THE TRUE STORY OF WILLIAM EATON AND THE UNITED STATESí FIRST ATTEMPT AT REGIME CHANGE

April 27, 1805. The impasse in the four-year war between the Barbary pirate state of Tripoli and the United States is about to be broken. William Eaton has led his ragtag army of Greeks, Arabs, and U.S. Marines across five hundred grueling miles of sun-scorched desert from Alexandria, Egypt, to Tripoliís heavily defended port fortress of Derna. Outnumbered ten to one, the exhausted, thirsty men carry out Eatonís daring charge on the pirate fortressĖand enter the history books and anthem of the U.S. Marines.

David Smethurst vividly chronicles Americaís Barbary War and the pivotal role of William EatonĖfirebrand, soldier, and statesman. From the former army captainís appointment as consul to the Barbary Coast in 1799 to the enemyís capture of the USS Pennsylvania and her three hundred sailors to Eatonís valiant attack and its stunning aftermath, Tripoli is a fascinating tale of polished diplomacy, raw heroism, and a man as fearless and independent as the young nation he represented.


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Contents

Prologue
ix
The Thin Blue Line
i
Consul to Tunis 5
ii
Dark Clouds
37
Tripoli Declares War
55
A Wily Enemy
81
A Badly Led War
101
Disaster 133
132
Burning the Philadelphi i
159
Searching for Hamet
189
Across the Desert
213
Betrayed
249
Epilogue
265
Acknowledgments 275
274
Bibliography
293
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

David Smethurst has held a variety of editorial and writing positions, and has worked at Outside magazine, City Sports magazine, and the Tufts Observer. His articles have appeared in Outside, Runnerís World, and Parenting. Smethurst earned a Ph.D. in geography from the University of California at Berkeley, a masterís degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelorís degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1999, Smethurst has worked in the high technology sector. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters. This is his first book.


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