Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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Thomas Jefferson & The Tripoli Pirates - by Larry Yeager
By Larry Yeager
It was absolutely a great read and a wonderful history lesson for every American. It's also interesting to note that until we established a global naval presence our new country had little credibility. That hasn't changed in the subsequent centuries......Thank God our new President sees that as crucial to our safety & survival.....
Informative but lacking
I give the authors credit for shining a light on a little known chapter of American history that is nonetheless pivotal to our country's development. The story, however, is detailed more like a high school text than an adult non-fictional work. There are a lot of chronological details but little of the color and breadth of the individuals and events depicted. It must be acknowledged that a more complete version of these events would not likely find a publisher in our modern-instant gratification-culture. So I'll salute the authors for their efforts at motivating more people to a greater appreciation of how we became the United States of America, and believe that the future holds a more nuanced version of this epoch.
Really Interesting -Good Read
I'd never heard of these early American conflicts before reading this book. I found it easy to read, interesting, and informative. If only I could get our HS kids to read this; it could spark their interest in these fascinating events of our nation's founding and early years...
I really wanted to like both this and "George Washington's Secret Six" by the same authors. They are important and engaging episodes in American history. However I found both books to be rather superficial, written with less sophistication than a high school history textbook. The historical personalities are presented as one dimensional and the description of events lacks the detail that would draw a reader in. The complex issues that arise, such as diplomacy versus military action, were not really engaging in a thought-provoking way. Overall the writing and story telling was just too simplistic.
Wow ! Truly puts together the begining and the current 2016 worldwide events. Brings to light the honorable brave men that blazed the path to America's freedom and the capacity to help all who want to live a prosperous life as free women and men. A must read for anyone that can ( read)
By Knapper '68
My only criticism is that it had to end! A great read. And as retired naval officer I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about our "birth". Thanks.
Well written history!
This was a great book that enjoyed from beginning to end. Normally, I can only read a chapter or two at a time, but I couldn't put this book down.
History does repeat itself
Amazing book that opens your eyes to a vital part of our history that most Americans, myself included, had no idea about. Who would know just how and why our navy, the greatest in the world, was formed. What is also amazing and sad is how two presidents view the same threat. Jefferson decided to stand tall and fight. Another bows to the same enemy that is trying to hold us hostage again. Well done Brian and thanks for making mornings enjoyable!
By David Tennis
This is a Fox News job. Misrepresents history, making it sound as if European powers were cravenly paying tribute to the Barbary states. Truth is, the stronger ones, especially GB, had suppressed the Pirates activity against their own shipping. The USA had to do the same. Useful story, but hardly a case of a vigorous new country doing what the indecisive Europeans wouldn't.
Like a High School Essay
Forget this book and read "Six Frigates" instead, the definitive book on the birth of the US Navy.