Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History

Author(s): Brian Kilmeade


The paperback edition of the New York Times Bestseller. This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute far beyond what the new country could afford. Jefferson found it impossible to negotiate with the leaders of the Barbary states, who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy, so President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy's new warships and a detachment of Marines to blockade Tripoli--launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America's journey toward future superpower status. As they did in "George Washington's Secret Six," Kilmeade and Yaeger have transformed a nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Among the many suspenseful episodes: .Lieutenant Andrew Sterett's ferocious cannon battle on the high seas against the treacherous pirate ship "Tripoli.".Lieutenant Stephen Decatur's daring night raid of an enemy harbor, with the aim of destroying an American ship that had fallen into the pirates' hands..General William Eaton's 500-mile march from Egypt to the port of Derne, where the Marines launched a surprise attack and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time."


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Thomas Jefferson. Pirates. And national security. This is how you make history exciting. I dare you to put this book down. BRAD MELTZER, bestselling author of The President s Shadow Reads like a fast-paced thriller but is actually a thoughtful account of America s first foray into what has become a complex part of the world. GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL (Ret.), author of Team of Teams This is a well-told tale, and there are lessons aplenty about both diplomacy and warfare with useful application to the challenges the United States faces in our own time. PROFESSOR LARRY J. SABATO, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics; author of The Kennedy Half-Century A fascinating story of extraordinary courage and resolve, and a brilliant reminder of an early chapter of our country s remarkable history. DONALD RUMSFELD"

BRIAN KILMEADE and DON YAEGER are the coauthors of "George Washington s Secret Six," a "New York Times "bestseller for more than five months. Kilmeade cohosts Fox News Channel s morning show "Fox Friends "and hosts the daily national radio show "Kilmeade Friends." He lives on Long Island. This is his fourth book. Yaeger has written or cowritten twenty-four books and lives in Florida."

General Fields

  • : 9780143129431
  • : Sentinel
  • : Sentinel
  • : 0.367
  • : October 2016
  • : United States
  • : December 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brian Kilmeade
  • : 256
  • : 973.47
  • : 1
  • : Paperback / softback