Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805 (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, Sep 1, 2004 - History - 464 pages
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Author Joseph Wheelan has marvelously captured the story of America’s war against the Barbary pirates, our first war against terror and the nations that support it. The Barbary pirates, a Muslim enemy from Tripoli, attacked European and American merchant shipping with impunity. Jefferson ordered the U.S. Navy to Tripoli in 1801 to repel "force with force." The Barbary War was also a proving ground for such young officers as William Bainbridge, Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, and David Porter –key players in the impending War of 1812 against Great Britain.
  

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Review: Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805

User Review  - Sherri Anderson - Goodreads

Very good information and interesting facts but the writing was a little dry. Read full review

Review: Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this history of America's first foreign war. It does an excellent job of showing the challenges, the geopolitics, the personalities, and strategies of the various combatants. Recommend this book to anyone desiring to learn more about the Barbary Wars. Read full review

Contents

I The Pacifist President
1
II The Dreadful Corsairs
9
III The New Nation and Barbary
32
IV A Good Occassion to Build a Navy
55
V WIll Nothing Rouse My Country?
78
VI War and Early Triumph
102
VII The War That Wasnt
121
VIII Frustration
140
XIII Plotting a Regime Change
232
XIV Americas Lawrence
253
XV Derna and Peace
280
XVI Aftermath
306
XVII Full Circle
324
XVIII Epilogue
345
Notes
369
Bibliography
397

IX The Philadelphia Disaster
159
X A Daring Counterstroke
180
XI Prebles Fighting Squadron
199
XII A Destructive Scheme
217
Index
401
About the Author
415
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About the author (2004)

Joseph Wheelan, a graduate of the University of Wyoming and University of Colorado–Denver, was for 26 years an editor and reporter for the Associated Press and the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune . He and his wife Pat live in Cary, North Carolina. His next book will be Jefferson’s Trial, on the treason trial of Aaron Burr.

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