Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

The Forgotten War That Changed American History

Audiobook CD - 2015
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This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary Coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy's new warships and a detachment of marines to blockade Tripoli, launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America's journey toward future superpower status.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, Penguin Audio,, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2015
ISBN: 9781611764826
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio,rda
4 audio discs (4 hr., 52 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 22, 2017

A fascinating recount of the war with the Barbary Pirates. I enjoyed the author's reading and found it very interesting as well as informative.

I had read the one page version of the war and heard of the heroics of Eaton and Decatur. I was surprised to to learn of the missteps and setbacks. The division at home, the debt and lack of funding, the Barbary belief that the Koran commands plunder and enslavement of non-believers, incompetent leaders and statesmen, dedication & sacrifice and heroics by many.

Sounds like today.

PimaLib_SamR Jan 30, 2017

Sometimes it's best if the author doesn't read his own work. This was a case in point. The reading was preachy, inflammatory and the pace too quick. The content would've been more interesting if following it hadn't been so difficult. I recommend trying the written word instead.


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