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Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll
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Dec 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: history, non-fiction
Read in November, 2006

Great description of naval battles. Describes the infancy of the US navy and the War of 1812 as the US challenged England on the sea by pirating England’s commerce and relying on their distractions with Napoleon to keep them from fully engaging. Also includes the war with the Barbary powers (Tripoli) and how that established the US presence. The Six Frigates are the ones commissioned during John Adams presidency to deal with French intrusions on US commerce. The juxtaposition of the Federalists (Adams) and Republicans (Jefferson) and how they started on opposite sides in regards to France and England and the need for a navy and how that played into the expansion of that navy during Republican control and the war of 1812 is fascinating.

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