The Pirate Coast

The Pirate Coast

Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

Book - 2005
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commemorated to this day in the U.S. Marine Corps hymn. His triumph led to freedom for three hundred Americans and newfound respect for the young United States, but for Eaton the aftermath wasn't so sweet. When he dared to reveal that the president had abandoned him, Thomas Jefferson set out to crush him."--BOOK JACKET.
British merchants - persevered and found Hamet up the Nile and lured him to Alexandria, where he rounded up a ragtag force of European mercenaries and Bedouin fighters; Eaton then borrowed eight U.S. Marines - including fiddle-playing Presley O'Bannon - and led them all on a brutal march across five hundred miles of Libyan desert to surprise attack Tripoli." "After surviving sandstorms, treachery, and near-death from thirst, Eaton achieved a remarkable victory on "the shores of Tripoli" -
diplomat, deeply in debt, who had been court-martialed from the Army. He saw this mission as a last chance to redeem himself and resurrect his career. His assignment was to find an exiled prince named Hamet hiding in Egypt and convince him to mount a civil war in Tripoli. But before Eaton even departed, Jefferson grew wary of "intermeddling" in the internal affairs of another nation and withdrew Eaton's supplies, weapons, and troops." "Astoundingly, Eaton - who was forced to beg cash from
headlines. Faced with this hostage crisis and an ongoing war with Tripoli, Jefferson dispatched diplomats and navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government there. This is the story of America's first overseas covert operation, one of the strangest, riskiest, most compelling adventures ever undertaken for love of glory and country." "Jefferson chose an unlikely man to lead the operation. Forty-year-old William Eaton was a failed
"The declaration of war by Tripoli in 1801 marked the first foreign policy test of Thomas Jefferson's administration. Then, on Halloween of 1803, the unthinkable happened: The USS Philadelphia accidentally ran aground in Tripoli harbor and the Barbary Pirates captured three hundred U.S. sailors and marines. The Moslem ruler renamed the frigate "The Gift of Allah" and held the Americans as his slaves, to be auctioned at his whim." "Newspapers around the world proclaimed America's shame in
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 140130849X (pbk.)
1401300030
Branch Call Number: 973.47 ZAC
Characteristics: xi, 432 p. : ill., 1 map ; 25 cm

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Mar 28, 2011

Timely and interesting history of America's initial engagement in a foreign civil war describing the first time the American flag was ever planted on foreign soil. This book is particularly timely with the US involvement in the current battles in Libya.

I found the analysis interesting in examining Jefferson's foreign policy and how he adapted to realities like the Barbary Pirates.

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