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The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World

3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The history of America's conflict with the piratical states of the Mediterranean runs through the presidencies of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Madison; the adoption of the Constitution; the Quasi-War with France and the War of 1812; the construction of a full-time professional navy; and, most important, the nation's haltering steps toward commercial independence. Fran ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Hill and Wang (first published August 17th 2005)
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A solid account of the long-simmering conflict between the newly independent American states (not yet United at the outset) and the Barbary states of North Africa. The author provides clear context for events, and brought up several points I was previously unaware of, such as that the treaty with France during the Revolution protected American shipping in the Mediterranean. However, the narrative was a little circuitous at times- repeated mention of the Betsy left me briefly confused as to wheth ...more
Jerry Landry
Great read, especially in light of our current conflict with Libya. I had only encountered the Barbary Wars as a sidenote in other historical texts, so it was good to get the whole story from beginning to end like this. Lambert does an excellent job of conveying the facts and placing the conflict in context of the other major events of early US history (the Constitution, War of 1812, etc.).
David R.
A workmanlike narrative, but it tends to be superficial and occasionally one dimensional. Nor am I convinced that anything is truly concluded: there's a short rah-rah-we-won closing that historically, stops dead in 1815. A bit more afterward would be welcomed.
It was informative and interesting, but stalled in a few places. I particularly liked the parts that described the adventurous feats of heroism by Americans fighting against the pirates, but those parts didn't last very long.
Zachary W. Schulz
Semi-materially deterministic, Lambert's monograph does nicely to suggest that commerce undermined the early Republic's political interactions with Europe and the Barbary Nations.
Adams is by far the most useless person in Early American history
Not bad for a historical text on the barbary wars. Chapter 4 was the best. Between 3 and 4 stars overall.
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