Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation

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At the dawn of a new century, a newly elected U.S. president was forced to confront an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim terrorists sworn to carry out jihad against all Western powers. As timely and familiar as these events may seem, they occurred more than two centuries ago. The president was Thomas Jefferson, and the terrorists were the Barbary pirates. Victory in Tripoli recounts the untold story of one of the defining challenges overcome by the young U.S. republic. This ...

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Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation

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Overview

At the dawn of a new century, a newly elected U.S. president was forced to confront an escalating series of unprovoked attacks on Americans by Muslim terrorists sworn to carry out jihad against all Western powers. As timely and familiar as these events may seem, they occurred more than two centuries ago. The president was Thomas Jefferson, and the terrorists were the Barbary pirates. Victory in Tripoli recounts the untold story of one of the defining challenges overcome by the young U.S. republic. This fast-moving and dramatic tale examines the events that gave birth to the Navy and the Marines and re-creates the startling political, diplomatic, and military battles that were central to the conflict. This highly interesting and informative history offers deep insight into issues that remain fundamental to U.S. foreign policy decisions to this day.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471444152
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/26/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,024,338
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSHUA E. LONDON is a Washington, D.C.-based writer. He has written on politics and public policy for many publications, including the American Spectator, Human Events, National Review Online, and Details: Promoting Jewish Conservative Values. London holds an M.A. in social science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Davis.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: 'Will Nothing Rouse My Country!"

1. Barbary Piracy.

2. Ensnared in Barbary.

3. Eaton Enters Barbary.

4. The Trials and Tribulations of a U.S. Consul.

5. American Declares War.

6. American Might, Frustrated.

7. Slouching toward Failure.

8. The Philadelphia Disaster.

9. American Gunboat Diplomacy.

10. General Eaton's Advance.

11. To the Shores of Tripoli.

12. American Peace.

13. The Lessons of War.

Bibliography.

Photo Credits.

Index.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Purchased this, but dreaded reading it!

    My grandson is researching the Barbary Pirates for a history project. I purchased this book to work with him and I started reading it thinking it would be boring. This book is so exciting! I am continuing to read it now because it is so interesting. Very well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    Brilliant!

    Excellent historical work of art. Gives breadth and dimension to a critcial period of our history. Many lessons still relevant in today's war against terror.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2006

    Loved it -- informative, exciting, insightful, and yet still...

    I loved this book. It was informative, exciting, insightful, and yet still scholarly and level-headed. As Ambassador Richard B. Parker, Scholar-in-Residence Emeritus with the Middle East Institute (and a former US ambassador to Algeria), put it in the Winter 2006 issue of the MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL (Vol. LX, No. 1): ''Victory in Tripoli' is a good read about an exciting period and contains much information from a variety of sources about events that are little remembered today. It is worth the effort.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation

    I completely agree with the judgment of, Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe¿s series of novels. Mr. Cornwell writes on the back of this book: ¿This is a tale of piracy, heroism, disaster, triumph and American exceptionalism. A wonderful story, filling a gap in the history of the early republic. A terrific book!¿ I couldn¿t have said it better myself. I also agree with Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, whose blurb also adorns this book. As Admiral Crowe puts it: ¿Insightful and entertaining, Victory in Tripoli is an absolutely fascinating story, wonderfully told. Anyone with even a passing interest in Naval history, or U.S. history in general, should read this book.¿ Indeed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2005

    Victory in Tripoli: How America's War with the Barbary Pirates Established the U.S. Navy and Shaped a Nation

    The book deftly relates America's struggle with the Barbary Pirates, telling a fascinating and relatively forgotten chapter of American history. Even without any background on the history of America's war with the Barbary pirates, a couple of pages into London's book, I was hooked for the long haul. Not only is the book highly informative, it handles the issue of Muslim piracy threatening and terrorizing non-Muslims very intelligently. The book doesn't get mired in current political battles or ideology, but there is a clear historical parallel to what it going on today in America's war against terror. In a sense, this book is a history about America's first war against Islamic-fundamentalism-fueled terrorism, and it carries with it many lessons relevant to our struggle today.

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