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

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Hyperion Books, Jun 1, 2005 - History - 448 pages
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A real-life thriller from acclaimed historian and author of The Pirate Hunter, Richard Zacks-the true story of the unheralded American who brought the Barbary Pirates to their knees n an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out in 1805 on a secret mission to over-throw the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson, but at the last moment he grew wary of 'intermeddling' in a foreign government, and Eaton set off without proper national support.

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This details the 'secret mission' Thomas Jefferson gave to William Eaton dealing with the Bashaw of Tripoli, who had enslaved 300 US sailors and marines from the wrecked USS Philadelphia. It is a well ... Read full review

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Very interesting historical novel about an important event that I had never heard/read about before. The author got a bit bogged down with the desire to reveal every possible fact and journal entry from the characteres--less would have been more, but it was still a story worthy of a movie. Read full review

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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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