The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

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Hyperion, Jun 1, 2005 - History - 400 pages
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A real-life thriller -- the true story of the unheralded American who brought the Barbary Pirates to their knees. In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson, who at the last moment grew wary of "intermeddling" in a foreign government and sent Eaton off without proper national support. Short on supplies, given very little money and only a few men, Eaton and his mission seemed doomed from the start. He triumphed against all odds, recruited a band of European mercenaries in Alexandria, and led them on a march across the Libyan Desert. Once in Tripoli, the ragtag army defeated the local troops and successfully captured Derne, laying the groundwork for the demise of the Barbary Pirates. Now, Richard Zacks brings this important story of America's first overseas covert op to life.

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Well written and researched. - Goodreads
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Thoroughly researched with remarkable detail. - Goodreads
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Review: The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines & the Secret Mission of 1805

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One of the tragic aspects of any forgotten war is that in being forgotten the lessons of that conflict are inevitably lost. That loss represents a serious failure of civilization, for there is truth ... Read full review

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User Review  - George - Goodreads

Great book covering the ins and outs of foreign policy during the Jefferson administration. William Eaton's exploits in North Africa are also fascinating. I appreciate how Zacks shows this attempt (the first he says) by the US Government to interfere in the government of foreign nations. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Richard Zacks is a graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, a former syndicated columnist for the New York Daily News, and a freelance journalist for Atlantic Monthly, Time, the Village Voice, London Times, Life, and other publications.

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