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