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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed… (udgave 2016)

af Brian Kilmeade (Forfatter)

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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. Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy -- at least not while easy money could be made by extorting America, France, England, and other powers. 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.… (mere)
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Titel:Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History
Forfattere:Brian Kilmeade (Forfatter)
Info:Sentinel (2016), Edition: Reprint, 272 pages
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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History af Brian Kilmeade

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    The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World af Frank Lambert (CurrerBell)
    CurrerBell: The Kilmeade book is a quick read while the Lambert book gives a better analysis of the background of the Barbary Wars.
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This was a very fun read. I really enjoyed this, and it is aptly titled. The war between the US (via Thomas Jefferson) and the Tripoli pirates is forgotten. It’s not a glowing war that US citizens tend to want to remember. Kilmead and Yaeger do a fantastic job writing the book, and they keep it short, simple, and understandable. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
Brian Kilmeade's "Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates" is a short but interesting history of the United States first foreign war against the pirates of North Africa. Building a navy just after the United States declared independence, and then managing to use that small fleet against the Barbary pirates was anything but smooth, as Kilmeade points out. There were periods during which the U.S. paid tributes and ransoms to the pirates, and times when military action was taken instead.

For anyone reading Kilmeade's book and interested in others on the same subject, I'd also recommend "The Pirate Coast", by Richard Zachs, which I liked a lot, or "Pirates of Barbary: Corsairs, Conquests and Captivity in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean", by Adrian Tinniswood. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
This is a joint review of two books, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and The Barbary Wars: American Independence in the Atlantic World by Frank Lambert.

The Lambert book is definitely much better than the Kilmeade book, but it's really a good idea to read the two of them together and to read Kilmeade first. Kilmeade will give you a better overview of the cast of players; but note that Kilmeade concludes with the end of the First Barbary (Tripolitan) War in the Jefferson presidency while Lambert also includes the shorter Second Barbary (Algerine) War in the Madison presidency.

Lambert provides much more background and analysis. One of the reasons for the ultimate American success in the Algerine campaign was because it came with the conclusion of the US/British War of 1812 and the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars. With the ending of these "major" wars, the Atlantic became a theater of trade rather than a theater of war, and this very substantially improved the American position since some of the European powers had actually been encouraging the Barbary pirates to prey on American merchant shipping. This was particularly true of the British, who wished to suppress American carrier trade after the recognition of American independence and, even more so, actually saw the Barbary pirates as allies during the US/British War of 1812. (The pirates had the good sense not to prey on British shipping and confront the Royal navy.) With post-Napoleonic peace combined with a new-found respect for the U.S. navy after its success in the Algerine campaign as well as the growing U.S. population, the British decided that trade with the U.S. would prove more economically advantageous than a mercantilist exclusion of the U.S. from carrier commerce in the Atlantic.

Kilmeade (3½***) is a quick read. Lambert (4****) is a more thorough analysis. ( )
  CurrerBell | Mar 6, 2021 |
Very fast read, simple and straight to the point. ( )
  Piedmont_Trails | Nov 27, 2020 |
Not a vibrant read, nor a dramatic part of our history ( )
  starkravingmad | Nov 16, 2020 |
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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. Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy -- at least not while easy money could be made by extorting America, France, England, and other powers. 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.

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