To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U. S. Navy and Marines

To the Shores of Tripoli: The Birth of the U. S. Navy and Marines

by A. B. C. Whipple
     
 


Often-overlooked yet significant and prophetic event in U.S. history, the Barbary War was America's first battle against an Arab despot and President Thomas Jefferson's first major challenge to U.S. foreign policy. As described by A.B.C. Whipple, it is a great yarn as well as first-rate history. The author skillfully combines vivid accounts of derring-do with… See more details below

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Often-overlooked yet significant and prophetic event in U.S. history, the Barbary War was America's first battle against an Arab despot and President Thomas Jefferson's first major challenge to U.S. foreign policy. As described by A.B.C. Whipple, it is a great yarn as well as first-rate history. The author skillfully combines vivid accounts of derring-do with shrewd appraisals of contemporary politics and diplomacy. Because the Continental Navy had been disbanded, there was an urgent need to develop a new Navy and Marine Corps. Faced with the choice of trading arms for hostages or meeting force with force, Jefferson sent a squadron of warships to the Mediterranean while Congress was in recess, prompting the first major debate on the war-making powers of a U.S. president. The war included a blockade of Tripoli, sustained bombardment by the Navy's new frigates, and finally a ground war fought by a U.S. Army captain, eight Marines, and a rabble of Christians and Arabs sent to free the hostages.

Whipple's rousing narrative is filled with fascinating personalities. In addition to Jefferson, there is Commodore Edward Preble, the quarter-deck tyrant who commanded the first naval forces into battle; the bold junior officer Stephen Decatur; the tyrannical bashaw, Yusuf Karamanli; William Eaton, an early-day Lawrence of Arabia; Marine lieutenant Presley O'Bannon; and a host of others.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557509666
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
09/01/1901
Series:
Bluejacket Books
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface5
Acknowledgments9
Pt. IThomas Jefferson13
Ch. 1Prologue in the Desert15
Ch. 2Ransom, Tribute, or War?19
Ch. 3Six Frigates to Fight the Dey35
Ch. 4"Chastise Their Insolence..."59
Ch. 5"The Commodoress"83
Pt. IIEdward Preble103
Ch. 6Disaster on Kaliusa Reef105
Ch. 7Singeing the Bashaw's Beard123
Ch. 8Assault by Gunboat and Fireship145
Pt. IIIWilliam Eaton175
Ch. 9A Foreign Legion of Marines and Mercenaries177
Ch. 10Rendezvous at Bomba197
Ch. 11Betrayal at Derna219
Pt. IVThe Price of Peace241
Ch. 12A Presidential Change of Mind243
Ch. 13"Treason Against the Character of the Nation"265
Epilogue283
App. A285
App. B287
Notes291
Bibliography341
Index351

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