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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review

 

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger is an historical account of one of the earliest wars the United States fought as a newly independent nation, against the Barbary nati

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Derek
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
An entertaining book that tells a story that is both interesting and an important part of our national history.

The writing was engaging, but the parade of characters in so short a book was dissatisfying. Unnecessary connections to present-day conflicts in the Middle East detracted from the heroism described in the book.

A great topic, worth a read, but could have been so much more.
Natalie Jessop
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love the attention this book brings to a nearly forgotten piece of history and the authors’ ability to write it in story form for readability.
Bruce Humbert
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
It gets an extra star because of the great detail new stuff I learned
Backoff51
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting tale.
Bill Snyder
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting US history, with many unexpected twists and turns.
Lana Piedra
Fun adventure and true, early history of our founding.
Traci Oberman
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
New Year's goal - expand my literary genres. This book did not disappointed. It is written in an engaging style, easy to follow and good character development with insights about our founding fathers that were very interesting, including intertwined relationships. New understanding of our Naval rise, challenges and chances our young countrymen took. Here's to their courage, integrity and tenacity. ...more
William J.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
"...To the Shores of Tripoli..." Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger have written an interesting and informative book about an event and era of American History mostly forgotten. The new nation of the United States of America had no Navy having earlier relied on the auspices of the British Navy to protect American Merchantmen sailing near Africa and in the Mediterranean from Arab Pirates. This book describes the birth of the American Frigate Navy and the growing reputation of the Unites States Marine ...more
Charles Ray
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The U.S. war against the Barbary pirates, which took place some two decades after the country’s independence, is a little known conflict that is only sketchily covered by traditional history courses. This war, however, set the tone for the way the U.S. deals with foreign conflict and with smaller nations that is still seen in some sense today in the way we deal with the crisis in the Middle East and other regions.
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Jwgalvin
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating History lesson. Learned a lot about what actually happened including the losses we suffered before gaining victory.
Christine Callahan
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really great insight into the history of U.S. relations with Northern Africa and the Middle East. I like the perspective it offers on current events. The only thing I didn't like is that it felt biased towards encouraging war in that part of the world as the best solution to the conflict then and now, which I don't agree with. But other than our political differences, I really enjoyed reading this book. It reads well, and never gets boring. Highly recommended. ...more
Ann
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed tremendously. A new view of Jefferson who had a better grasp of the motives behind the Barbary pirates and realized that the only way to keep American ships safe was force. Bribes and ransoms only led to more bribes and ransoms. Reality, not idealism, motivated him. Also enjoyed exploits of Presley O'Bannon, a long forgotten Virginia hero from the Piedmont ...more
Lawrence
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
A fine book giving a history of an early 19th century war and the key figures in protecting American shipping on the seas from four North African Muslim nations, and gaining respect for the U.S. and building the lore of the U.S. Marines. Any person with an interest in early American history will find this book interesting.
Susan
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Is non-fiction ever griping? Can't purist down suspenseful? Well, this book is. Amazingly researched and very well written account of our fledgling nations first major naval confrontations and the subsequent development of the US Navy. The story is just waiting to become a movie with enough daring acts and treachery for any script. ...more
Dianne
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A detailed, well written account of a prior to unexplored part of American history, the war with North African countries in the early 1800's. Written with great detail this is a fascinating story of military history, diplomacy, great heroism, suffering and betrayals. Thomas Jefferson's vision resulted in the infancy of our navy and a prelude to the victory over Britain in the war of 1812. ...more
Rene
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book took me a few hours to finish, a testament to how good it really is. Anyone wanting to know about the history of the secret Muslim war that was never told should read this. You'll really get an understanding of how savage these people have always been. ...more
Ted
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is the result of taking a series of historic war events and creating an exciting and entertaining read without a concentration of detail that tends to bog down a large number of historical reads.
Bill
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting that the nation's issues with Islam go back to the start of the country. But other than than that not much of interest unless you like detailed descriptions of naval battles. Using Thomas Jefferson's name in the title was misleading. Very little of the book referred to Jefferson. ...more
Sherry Ledet
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a really interesting non fiction book that reads like a novel. If you like history you are going to like this story of America's first war fought on land and sea in the Mediterranean against the Ottoman Impire, mainly Tripoli. ...more
Elisheva
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I learned a lot from this book. Mainly, that reading accounts of wars with dozens of characters is not for me. The writing style was enough to keep me reading to the end. Interesting to think of how strategies of wars have changed throughout time.
D.L. Morrese
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
This is more of a war story than a historical analysis, but it's interesting enough. It actually reads like a fictional adventure but without much character building. Despite what the subtitle claims, there is little 'analysis', and that is quite superficial and seemingly biased. ...more
Jonathon Reeve
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
An easy read and a good description of the USA's first naval war with defeat and victory in equal measure. Many of the bad decisions seem to have echoes of today as does the treatment of non believers by the Muslim leaders.
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Justin
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Easy read and entertaining book.
Greynomad
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
A very quick review of that time period and especially of the individuals involved ......
Now skip forward 200 years and has anything changed......!
Amy Reavis
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you like history, you will enjoy this book. About a period of time and topic I knew very little about. Interesting.
Connie Eddy
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very interesting part of history. Good read.
Laura
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
One of the worst books

I was looking for an interesting story. What I got was a boring poorly written waste of time. Don't bother
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Phill Wilder
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Found this book to be fascinating history. For some reason it seem to trail off after a good start. I spent the money to buy this book and am glad to have read this.
Bill Culbertson
I was not terribly impressed by this book. It feels as if they are pushing an action read with thin research.
Ryan
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Very quick read. Engaging.
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