Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

The Forgotten War That Changed American History

Downloadable Audiobook - 2015
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Traces the events of a nearly-forgotten war between the United States and the pirates of North Africa's Barbary coast, who routinely captured American merchant ships and held their crews for ransom.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group,, 2015
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781101926734
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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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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