The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

by Richard Zacks
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The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book interesting, as I always enjoy reading about largely unheard of historical events. It's great learning about Eaton, an unknown American hero, with his driven nature and short temper. It's also interesting to get a different view of Thomas Jefferson, instead of the usual idealized portrait of a near perfect American hero. This book is great for holding your attention and nearly reads like a novel. I couldn't wait to read the next chapter to find out what would happen to Eaton next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best maritme history books I have read in a long time. It took me two days to read it. If your a history lover this is one to add to your collection. The author quotes 'Eaton achieved a remarkable victory on the shores of Tripoli-commemorated to this day in the U.S. Marine Corps Hymn'
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great read, and all the better since it is true! William Eaton is a single minded hero worthy of admiration! I found the story exciting, the merging of cultures telling and the parallels to today's events direct. I recommend this to any fan of adventure and any fan of flawed heros that trimuph in inprobable circumstances to bloody the nose of the bully!
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Fascinating, exciting, and great history! I couldn't put it down. Great book!
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AJ_Pintabians More than 1 year ago
I got this book form my daughter and was so very inspired by it that I sat my other books down after I read the Introduction and was pulled to read the whole book.
very enjoyable and informative great book
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This is an exciting, well written adventure book. Zacks has picked a timely subject ¿ America trying to interfere and run foreign governments and in this case a Muslim government. It is well written and smartly paced. The true life character William Eaton is well portrayed. My only complaint is that even though the title includes the word Pirates the book is not a sea story so much as the story of a military campaign. Look for the most exiting part the march across the Sahara lead by Eaton. As crazy as Shackleton's adventures.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the early nineteenth century, Tripoli ruler Bashaw Yussef uses a force of pirates to terrorize the seas (nation sponsored terrorism even in early 1800s). Countries have choices to either pay him for safe passage or risk the seizing of their ships. Most nations choose to remit the fee. America is the exception refusing to bow to any form of tyranny. Instead, the tiny US Navy sets up a blockade off North Africa, but the Philadelphia runs aground off Tripoli; the 300 man crew is enslaved. Outraged President Jefferson sends diplomat William Eaton to allegedly negotiate with the abusive Barbary pirates though he also has a secret agenda to cause regime change. --- This is an interesting look at a rarely detailed chapter of early American ¿diplomacy¿. The first part of the book reads almost like a historical action thriller as the audience is gripped by what really happened. When the negotiations occur, the account slows down, but remains insightful and intriguing (no wonder the media pushes for hostilities ¿ those are more exciting than back room diplomacy). Known for his bio on Captain Kidd (see THE PIRATE HUNTER) Richard Zacks provides an excellent insightful look at the Jefferson presidency with this powerful, deeply researched historical description of the Barbary Pirates encounter. --- Harriet Klausner
ellisonWM More than 1 year ago
A representative of the United States tells Thomas Jefferson he knows a prince who will look fondly upon the US in the Med. Sea. Jefferson allows the man to locate the prince in Egypt and then raise an army. They travel 500 miles through the desert and almost run out of supplies. they capture a city and then are told to stop what they are doing. The man returns home and continues to fight for what he thinks is right. Insightful.
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I found this book very interesting. I have always knew a little about Barbary Wars but I never knew the whole story. In this book you learn the whole story. I think every diplomat and soldier that is going to the middle east should read this book as a lessons learned book.
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