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ß Read ¹ The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines and the Secret Mission of 1805 by Richard Zacks ✓ The story of how, in an effort to stop the Barbary Pirates from hijacking American ships along the coast of North Africa and imprisoning U.
S sailors, William Eaton was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1805 to lead a secret mission to Africa to free U.
S hostages being held in Tripoli Denied official support, because of the covert nature of the mission, Eaton recruited a small band of men including European mercenaries, Arab cavalry, and Bedouin fights to join his core group of men including several U.
S Marines to cross the Libyan desert This group of men captured Derna, a city in Tripoli, and laid the foundation for the eventual defeat of the Barbary Pirates This operation is celebrated in the Marines Hymn Once back in the U.
, Jefferson set out to distance himself from Eaton and ultimately to destroy My expectations for unabridged audio books are that they keep me engaged as I drive through the midwest Those of you who have ever driven through the midwest will understand that doing so can be a bit tedious to say the least, so the prospect of having a dude or dude ette read me a ripping good yarn goes a long way toward maintaining sanity behind the wheel I lean toward historical non fiction because it s always been my cup of tea, though I m equally happy with John Grisham Stephen King J.
K Rowling in a pinch.
Having said all of that, I found this book a slow starter that built up speed in the middle and kept it up right right through to the end Historical non fiction provides you the benefit of hindsight, but a good writer can tell the story in a way that places you in the middle of the moment so that you re either shaking your head and cursing or chee A Real Life Thriller, Now In Paperback The True Story Of The Unheralded American Who Brought The Barbary Pirates To Their Knees In An Attempt To Stop The Legendary Barbary Pirates Of North Africa From Hijacking American Ships, William Eaton Set Out On A Secret Mission To Overthrow The Government Of Tripoli The Operation Was Sanctioned By President Thomas Jefferson, Who At The Last Moment Grew Wary Of Intermeddling In A Foreign Government And Sent Eaton Off Without Proper National Support Short On Supplies, Given Very Little Money And Only A Few Men, Eaton And His Mission Seemed Doomed From The Start He Triumphed Against All Odds, Recruited A Band Of European Mercenaries In Alexandria, And Led Them On A March Across The Libyan Desert Once In Tripoli, The Ragtag Army Defeated The Local Troops And Successfully Captured Derne, Laying The Groundwork For The Demise Of The Barbary Pirates Now, Richard Zacks Brings This Important Story Of America S First Overseas Covert Op To Life There are two things that should be said about this book to start First, it is horribly mistitled The publishers were clearly trying to cash in on the success of Zacks s other book Pirate Hunter This book has very little to do with pirates and mostly deals with the United States as a fledgling nation and its foreign relations Second, this book is must read history and far better than Pirate Hunter.
The book focuses on the First Barbary War the United States first war excepting the undeclared Quasi War with the French and specifically on William Eaton, one of the war s less remembered figures Eaton s main mission was to overthrow the Basha of Tripoli in modern day Libya and set up his brother, who would be America friendly, in his place.
Zacks tells history like no one else, and the account is a gripping story It s also eerily reminiscent of other US involvem The Pirate Coast chronicles America s first attempt at regime change Results, as always, were mixed Despite the obscurity of this mission, readers will find many of the circumstances and events to be quite familiar Let s just say that history does tend to repeat itself.
Mr Zacks style is, as always, engaging and readable He makes no obvious effort at comedy, yet the absurdity of several situations are nearly laugh out loud.
For me, the most interesting lesson in this book is on the importance of communication in diplomacy, warfare and covert actions The world hasn t really changed that much in the past 200 years, but communications have certainly changed the speed at which things happen.
Well, it took over a year to read this book It started very slowly, but about half way the pace picked up and I found it to be a satisfying read Be warned, you need to be a history lover to really enjoy the detail and nuance of this book.
The book centers on William Eaton, a former Army Captain that leads a covert operation to topple the government of the Barbary Pirates Along the way you get a good glance at how the government of the day, headed by President Jefferson, operated in both the domestic and international arena At times the book is dry and the pacing is slow but that is probably due in part to my Generation X upbringing and expectation of constant action too many Pirate movies out there Of course, real life hardly resembles a movie unless you take out 90% of the actual living.
Overall a good book if you like history, pirates, and An absolutely wonderful read by Richard Zacks author of The Pirate Hunter, another great read Zacks tells the story of Captain William Eaton and the first authorized black operation of the United States government in 1805 against the Bashir of Tripoli and the Barbary pirates Once again Zacks never ceases to impress me with his research, insight, and storytelling ability This book is a must read for anyone in the USMC, as it sheds light on the early history of the Corps A great read from start to finish.
One of the tragic aspects of any forgotten war is that in being forgotten the lessons of that conflict are inevitably lost That loss represents a serious failure of civilization, for there is truth in the now cliche words of George Santayana Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it The United States has repeated the errors of the First Barbary War many times in the centuries since Indeed, it would not be outrageous to suggest that this early conflict set the tone for American activities abroad that would continue until the present day, and that the failures of the past have been repeated again and again right up until we turn on our nightly news.
Those who have paid attention to modern history will see many parallels between events in living memory and this, the first foreign war of the United States Elements that echo the withdrawal of American forces from Vietna From the Halls of Montezuma,To the shores of Tripoli,We fight our country s battlesIn the air, on land, and seaThe Marines Hymn The Pirate Coast tackles the story of the fledgling United States first foreign war, a conflict with the country formerly known as Tripoli now Libya By the early days of the United States, the Barbary pirates had a long history of making a nice living from piracy Operating out of Tripoli, Tunis, and Algiers, they were the scourge of the Mediterranean, capturing ships, stealing their cargo, and holding the passengers for ransom or selling them as slaves The Barbary states were able to bring in a steady income as tribute from from other countries Refusal to pay the tribute would put foreign vessels at risk of falling prey to the pirates William Bainbridge paying tribute to the Dey of Algiers
history is fickle Although this is non fiction, I laughed out loud at this guy s audacity and gumption His fatal flaw was believing in honor above all elsenot too politic The senario mirrors today s world politics eerily, including a regime change in the Middle East