Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 7, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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At the dawn of a new century, a newly elected U.S. president was forced to confront an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim terrorists sworn to carry out jihad against all Western powers. As timely and familiar as these events may seem, they occurred more than two centuries ago. The president was Thomas Jefferson, and the terrorists were the Barbary pirates. Victory in Tripoli recounts the untold story of one of the defining challenges overcome by the young U.S. republic. This fast-moving and dramatic tale examines the events that gave birth to the Navy and the Marines and re-creates the startling political, diplomatic, and military battles that were central to the conflict. This highly interesting and informative history offers deep insight into issues that remain fundamental to U.S. foreign policy decisions to this day.

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Compelling history exciting story very relevant!

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The book deftly relates Americas struggle with the Barbary Pirates telling a fascinating and relatively forgotten chapter of American history. Even without any background on the history of Americas ... Read full review

A fun timely and deeply informative read!

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Having read several historical novels of late it occurs to me that one thing they most all lack is a proper story arc. For example in a typical pirate biography Pirate A was born raised raids this ... Read full review


Title Page
Ensnared in Barbary
Eaton Enters Barbary
America Declares
Slouching toward Failure
The Philadelphia Disaster
American Gunboat Diplomacy
pter 1O General Eatons Advance
The Lessons of
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JOSHUA E. LONDON is a Washington, D.C.-based writer. He has written on politics and public policy for many publications, including the American Spectator, Human Events, National Review Online, and Details: Promoting Jewish Conservative Values. London holds an M.A. in social science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Davis.

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