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

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PublicAffairs, Sep 21, 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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User Review  - yeremenko - LibraryThing

An overlooked period of American history covered in a well written narrative. At times this book is a bit too generous in appraisals of American heroes choosing the most positive myth building ... Read full review

JEFFERSON'S WAR: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Lively recounting of the crusade, 200 years ago, that brought the Marines to the shores of Tripoli.It is a stretch, one that former AP reporter Wheelan strains to make, to equate the American war on ... 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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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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