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To the Shores of Tripoli : The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines - A. B. C. Whipple

To the Shores of Tripoli

The Birth of the U.S. Navy and Marines

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Often-overlooked yet significant and prophetic event in U.S. history, the Barbary War was America's first battle against an Arab despot and President Thomas Jefferson's first major challenge to U.S. foreign policy. As described by A.B.C. Whipple, it is a great yarn as well as first-rate history. The author skillfully combines vivid accounts of derring-do with shrewd appraisals of contemporary politics and diplomacy. Because the Continental Navy had been disbanded, there was an urgent need to develop a new Navy and Marine Corps. Faced with the choice of trading arms for hostages or meeting force with force, Jefferson sent a squadron of warships to the Mediterranean while Congress was in recess, prompting the first major debate on the war-making powers of a U.S. president. The war included a blockade of Tripoli, sustained bombardment by the Navy's new frigates, and finally a ground war fought by a U.S. Army captain, eight Marines, and a rabble of Christians and Arabs sent to free the hostages.

Whipple's rousing narrative is filled with fascinating personalities. In addition to Jefferson, there is Commodore Edward Preble, the quarter-deck tyrant who commanded the first naval forces into battle; the bold junior officer Stephen Decatur; the tyrannical bashaw, Yusuf Karamanli; William Eaton, an early-day Lawrence of Arabia; Marine lieutenant Presley O'Bannon; and a host of others.

Prefacep. 5
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Thomas Jeffersonp. 13
Prologue in the Desertp. 15
Ransom, Tribute, or War?p. 19
Six Frigates to Fight the Deyp. 35
"Chastise Their Insolence..."p. 59
"The Commodoress"p. 83
Edward Preblep. 103
Disaster on Kaliusa Reefp. 105
Singeing the Bashaw's Beardp. 123
Assault by Gunboat and Fireshipp. 145
William Eatonp. 175
A Foreign Legion of Marines and Mercenariesp. 177
Rendezvous at Bombap. 197
Betrayal at Dernap. 219
The Price of Peacep. 241
A Presidential Change of Mindp. 243
"Treason Against the Character of the Nation"p. 265
Epiloguep. 283
App. Ap. 285
App. Bp. 287
Notesp. 291
Bibliographyp. 341
Indexp. 351
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ISBN: 9781557509666
ISBN-10: 1557509662
Series: Bluejacket Books
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 357
Published: 1st September 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.2 x 22.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5