John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography
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John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography

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This 1959 Pulitzer Prize-winning book vividly portrays the illustrious career of John Paul Jones, from his early training at sea in the British West Indian merchant trade to his command in the newly independent American Navy and his eventual award of flag status.
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Barnes & Noble (first published 1959)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
The Book Report: Rear Admiral Morison, USNR, was also a professor of American History at Harvard back when that meant something. His reconsideration of the life of Scottish naval hero John Paul Jones did much to strip away false and misleading stories accreted around the American Revolution's most famous navy man, and issuer of the famously defiant "I have not yet begun to fight," which has ensured his place in the American Pantheon of Heroes. What emerges is not quite a modern warts-and-all dim...more
Tony
JOHN PAUL JONES. (1959). Samuel Eliot Morison. ***.
Morison (1887-1976) was a consummate writer and historian of most things naval. In additiion to winning a Pulitzer Prize for this history, he also won one for his biography of Christopher Columbus, “Admiral of the Ocean Sea,” (1942). In this work, he manages to outline the career of Jones, one of the more dubious heroes in American history. Jones (1747-1792) was born in Scotland, and started out as a young man at sea by joining the merchant mar...more
Keith
For anyone looking for a thorough, detailed and unvarnished biography of the man known today as the father of the U.S. Navy this must be the quintessential volume. Born in poverty to a Scottish estate gardener in 1747 and christened John Paul, he later added Jones as a surname to facilitate his legal entry into America after an unfortunate adventure in the Caribbean. An avid patriot and supporter of the American revolution he became a mythical figure as a naval strategist. He was hated by the Br...more
Erik Graff
Dec 27, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Morison/Jones fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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Father turned me on to Samuel Eliot Morison during high school, he having read the author himself in college and having served with the Signal Corps shipboard in both theatres covered by the historian in his series on naval actions during the war. John Paul Jones I'd heard about much earlier, he being a saint of the American secular religion inculcated into us during elementary school.

This biography is both fun and an easy read. Morison seamlessly gives such background information as on the hist...more
James
Samuel Eliot Morison demonstrates his mastery of American history with this biography of the heroic sailor of the eighteenth century. Morison loved the sea, and this biography is a tribute to that love. The author goes beyond a narrow naval context to establish Jones as a key player in the American Revolution, something not done by previous biographers, and explains what drove him to his achievements. At the same time, Admiral Joseph Callo fully examines Jones's dramatic military achievements—in...more
Heman
A biography that is based for a good part on hearsay, conjecture and rumor (accompanied with a good dose of ballads) is not much of a biography. Morison seems to have erred on siding too much with Jones here and summarily dismisses, as jealousy and spite, many of the disparaging things about Jones, mostly told or written by his own crew. But even Morrison can't do much for a man whose naval career includes such lows as marching to his own homestead in Scotland and stealing the Baron's silverware...more
Russ Bingaman
Mr. Morison gives a very detailed account of this great sea warrior who sailed during the American Revolutionary War. Even though this was an easy read there was evidence that Mr. Morison spent a considerable amount of time in researching John Paul Jones's life, both as a human being and as a naval commander. Highly recommend.
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i make it a point to re-read this classic at least once per year. in my opinion, this is the best book on this US Navy Hero.
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Samuel Eliot Morison, son of John H. and Emily Marshall (Eliot) Morison, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 9 July 1887. He attended Noble’s School at Boston, and St. Paul’s at Concord, New Hampshire, before entering Harvard University, from which he was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1908. He studied at the Ecole Libre des Sciences Politiques, Paris, France, in 1908-1909, and retu...more
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