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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I can't believe how much I didn't know about the Barbary pirates; and how much misinformation is still propagated. This book tells a gripping story centered around William Eaton but also included ... Read full review

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A somewhat clunky writing style dogs this book throughout, even though the story Zacks sets out to tell is remarkably interesting. While Jefferson rates mention in the subtitle (hey, his name sells ... Read full review

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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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