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The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805: Blackstone Exclusive- Simultaneous Release

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 1800 STYLE

    The CD shows that Zacks knows his subject. The adventures of William Eaton and America's first venture into covert ops is very impressive. It also shows how the boby politic was working then as it has in all ages since. In particular it shows how political figures (and others of prominence) can bask in the glory of success and are still comfortable with denying complicity in failure. It details the richness of the workings of diplomacy as well as the bitter-sweet results of betrayal by agents of the diplomatic process.

    In the end, it shows how loyalty and determination by a few good men ( even with all their human qualities - both good and bad )can succeed in their precieved task through preserverence and steadfast dedication.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

    Business as usual in politics and foreigh policy.

    I bought this as an audio book, mistakenly believing that it was a novel. With a long drive ahead, I listened anyway, expecting a dry history of pirates. Instead, I was delightfully surprised by a witty, amusing and well researched tale of political intrigue, naval warfare and foreign relations. The authors' style is contemporary, vivid and sometimes extremely funny. From the almost comic events which lead to the young United States' conflict with Barbary pirates, the story darkens into a tale of political agendas and power struggles between Federalists and Republicans which is eerily similar to events occurring today. Overall, the book is highly entertaining as well as informative about a piece of history not often examined.

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