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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User Review  - varielle - LibraryThing

The only thing you hear in school is how the young United States faced down the Barbary Pirates. That's not what happened! Zacks details the double-dealing, loathesome tactics that passed for high ... Read full review

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

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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Tripoli
1
Diseased Liver
16
Washington City
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Copyright

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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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