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The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret… (edição: 2006)

de Richard Zacks

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In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out in 1805 on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson, but at the last moment he grew wary of "intermeddling" in a foreign government, and Eaton set off without national support. Short on supplies, given very little money and only a few men, Eaton's mission seemed doomed from the start. But he improbably triumphed, recruiting a band of European mercenaries in Alexandria, along with some Arab cavalry and Bedouin fighters, and leading them on a march across the Libyan Desert. The success of the event is immortalized in the Marines' Hymn, but Jefferson never allowed Eaton the fame he craved.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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Título:The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805
Autores:Richard Zacks
Informação:Hyperion (2006), Paperback, 464 pages
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The Pirate Coast de Richard Zacks

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This was a really well done book, and I highly enjoyed it. Why? I LOVE pirates, and this was one heck of a pirates’ tale. I would have given this a full 5 out of 5 stars, except for one little fluke I mentioned in one of my updates. Pages 91 and 103 were both titled “Chapter 7: Yussef,” while there was only one insert for Chapter 7 in the Table of Contents. Other than that, it was a really well done book and I recommend it as a read. ( )
  historybookreads | Jul 26, 2021 |
Richard Zacks’ The Pirate Coast covers much the same ground as David Smethurst’s Tripoli; Zacks pays more attention to personalities and less to events, and focuses more on the land aspects of the campaign. Although William Eaton is the center of attention, nobody really comes across as especially admirable: Captain William Bainbridge, later the hero of Constitution vs. Java, is here an incompetent seaman who ran Philadelphia aground and then surrendered prematurely. Eaton is given praise for leading the overland expedition to force the bashaw of Tripoli to negotiate, but is censured for his temper and drinking habits. Tobias Lear, the negotiator of the treaty with Tripoli, is portrayed as duplicitous and diplomatically unskilled – Zacks thinks he should have held out for a better deal. Even Thomas Jefferson gets little respect; Zacks has him abandoning Eaton, Eaton’s protégée Hamet Karamanli, and the various Arab tribes and mercenaries that Eaton scraped up to invade Tripoli.


The history is straightforward, thorough, and well-researched. Only one map; it’s contemporary and therefore hard to make out. Plates of various participants; scenic halftones in the text. ( )
  setnahkt | Dec 28, 2017 |
The only thing you hear in school is how the young United States faced down the Barbary Pirates. That's not what happened! Zacks details the double-dealing, loathesome tactics that passed for high diplomacy surrounding the attempted rescue/ransom of American sailors held as slaves by the Bashaw of Tripoli following the folly of their incompetent captain which caused them to be shipwrecked. Small wonder relationships with that part of the world are still difficult after 200 plus years. ( )
  varielle | Mar 29, 2016 |
I can't believe how much I didn't know about the Barbary pirates; and how much misinformation is still propagated. This book tells a gripping story centered around William Eaton but also included insights to Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and others. The plight of the 300 American prisoners and the courage of William Eaton and his men were both very moving. The politics surrounding the Treaty of Tripoli and its aftermath was disgraceful. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
A somewhat clunky writing style dogs this book throughout, even though the story Zacks sets out to tell is remarkably interesting. While Jefferson rates mention in the subtitle (hey, his name sells books, I guess) naval agent provocateur William Eaton is really at the center of the book, along with diplomat Tobias Lear (who, with Jefferson, comes in for some very strong criticism from Eaton for their actions). Zacks focuses on the mission to ransom and rescue the crew of the Philadelphia, which got complicated due to Eaton's erstwhile attempts to stir up a civil war in Tripoli and overthrow the ruler there.

Zacks distills the complexities of the mission reasonably well, but the book still feels rather too long, and loses its punch in the end. ( )
  JBD1 | Jan 8, 2015 |
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In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out in 1805 on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson, but at the last moment he grew wary of "intermeddling" in a foreign government, and Eaton set off without national support. Short on supplies, given very little money and only a few men, Eaton's mission seemed doomed from the start. But he improbably triumphed, recruiting a band of European mercenaries in Alexandria, along with some Arab cavalry and Bedouin fighters, and leading them on a march across the Libyan Desert. The success of the event is immortalized in the Marines' Hymn, but Jefferson never allowed Eaton the fame he craved.--From publisher description.

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