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The Pirate Coast by Richard Zacks
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May 07, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: presidents, presidents-jefferson
Read in May, 2009

Richard Zack's writing style succeeds in vividly portraying the story of a stubbornly persistent American patriot called William Eaton. Zack brings us along while William Eaton forges ahead through a road-blocked filled adventure to save the fate of Captain Bainbridge and his crew of the USS Philadelphia who were forced as prisoners-of-war into slave labor by Barbary pirates within the walls of Tripoli. Eaton's bull-headed, never-take-no-for-an-answer attitude drives him and his army through a death defying 500 mile march across the desert to wage war against these pirates... and he does it with little or no help from the Jefferson administration. This story doesn't end as you would expect it would, so pick it up and enjoy the ride.
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