Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates Book Reviews

Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger Book Summary

“Another blockbuster! Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates reads like an edge-of-your-seat, page-turning thriller. You will love this book and also wonder why so few people know this story. No one captures the danger, intrigue, and drama of the American Revolution and its aftermath like Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger.” —Brad Thor

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 the Western 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.
As they did in their previous bestseller, George Washington’s Secret Six, Kilmeade and Yaeger have transformed a nearly forgotten slice of history into a dramatic story that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next. Among the many sus­penseful episodes:
·Lieutenant Andrew Sterett’s ferocious cannon battle on the high seas against the treacherous pirate ship Tripoli.
·Lieutenant Stephen Decatur’s daring night raid of an enemy harbor, with the aim of destroying an American ship that had fallen into the pirates’ hands.

·General William Eaton’s unprecedented five-hundred-mile land march from Egypt to the port of Derne, where the Marines launched a surprise attack and an American flag was raised in victory on foreign soil for the first time.
Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.” Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgot­ten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.

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Book Name Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
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Language English
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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates (Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger) Book Reviews 2023

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Really Interesting -Good Read. I'd never heard of these early American conflicts before reading this book. I found it easy to read, interesting, and informative. If only I could get our HS kids to read this; it could spark their interest in these fascinating events of our nation's founding and early years...

Informative and Captivating. This was my 1st read in the nonfiction history category and I am now addicted to it. Kilmeade and Yaeger grabbed my attention from the very beginning and never let go. History repeats itself so if you want to better understand today's key religious conflicts, this book will provide a lot of insight on how the US overcame similar adversity early on when our country was just an infant.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. Excellent read! Riveting and difficult to put down!

Don't bother. Poorly written, if you are accustomed to true history authors. Well written for a news talk show host. Don't waste your time or money.

Well written history!. This was a great book that enjoyed from beginning to end. Normally, I can only read a chapter or two at a time, but I couldn't put this book down.

Informative but lacking. I give the authors credit for shining a light on a little known chapter of American history that is nonetheless pivotal to our country's development. The story, however, is detailed more like a high school text than an adult non-fictional work. There are a lot of chronological details but little of the color and breadth of the individuals and events depicted. It must be acknowledged that a more complete version of these events would not likely find a publisher in our modern-instant gratification-culture. So I'll salute the authors for their efforts at motivating more people to a greater appreciation of how we became the United States of America, and believe that the future holds a more nuanced version of this epoch.

One complaint. My only criticism is that it had to end! A great read. And as retired naval officer I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about our "birth". Thanks.

Very good history. Interesting tale about one of those eras that isn't taught much. Very well written.

Interesting. Very interesting part of early American history that was not taught in my schools. A good learning experience.

A racist view. The thesis that the enslavement of captured white men who sailed under the new US flag, is so horrible that war is necessary. But he neglects to state that there were 893,602 enslave blacks in the US at the same time. Thomas Jefferson is no hero, he was a slaver. The author here seems to be saying “don’t fret when the enslaved are not white” he doesn’t even mention those 893,602 enslaved in the US - some by Jefferson.

History does repeat itself. Amazing book that opens your eyes to a vital part of our history that most Americans, myself included, had no idea about. Who would know just how and why our navy, the greatest in the world, was formed. What is also amazing and sad is how two presidents view the same threat. Jefferson decided to stand tall and fight. Another bows to the same enemy that is trying to hold us hostage again. Well done Brian and thanks for making mornings enjoyable!

Captivating. Wow ! Truly puts together the begining and the current 2016 worldwide events. Brings to light the honorable brave men that blazed the path to America's freedom and the capacity to help all who want to live a prosperous life as free women and men. A must read for anyone that can ( read)

A must read for historical enthusiasts. Informative and captivating

Real history. What a great book. A great story about the Barbary coast and its our history. This is how history should be taught.

Islamophobia. Written for those with limited attention span and no interest in critical thinking.

Superficial history. I really wanted to like both this and "George Washington's Secret Six" by the same authors. They are important and engaging episodes in American history. However I found both books to be rather superficial, written with less sophistication than a high school history textbook. The historical personalities are presented as one dimensional and the description of events lacks the detail that would draw a reader in. The complex issues that arise, such as diplomacy versus military action, were not really engaging in a thought-provoking way. Overall the writing and story telling was just too simplistic.

Very Intresting. The author captured this time period. I feel now familiar with a piece of history that previously had no knowledge of.

Intriguing story of our naval beginning. Entertaining and very interesting, a part of our history mostly unknown and told in a way that makes you want to keep on reading.

Bad history. This is a Fox News job. Misrepresents history, making it sound as if European powers were cravenly paying tribute to the Barbary states. Truth is, the stronger ones, especially GB, had suppressed the Pirates activity against their own shipping. The USA had to do the same. Useful story, but hardly a case of a vigorous new country doing what the indecisive Europeans wouldn't.

Like a High School Essay. Forget this book and read "Six Frigates" instead, the definitive book on the birth of the US Navy.

One of The best. For those of us that love this country, its history, and the brave persons that made it so, this book made me proud to be an American. Well done Brian! I trust this book will become required reading in history classes at both High School and College level.

Great read on the early years of American Diplomacy. The book was well put together and was a smooth read with lots of information, but was not overwhelming.

Disappointment. Fast food airport read. Empty calories. Nothing to challenge the reader. What must have been a complex moment in history is rendered vacuous. Your world view will neither be expanded nor challenged here. Put your brain on hold for this one.

Superb!. Great read and very well written. Hard to put down and each page leaves you wanting to read more...regardless of whether or not you're a history lover.

Thomas Jefferson & The Tripoli Pirates - by Larry Yeager. It was absolutely a great read and a wonderful history lesson for every American. It's also interesting to note that until we established a global naval presence our new country had little credibility. That hasn't changed in the subsequent centuries......Thank God our new President sees that as crucial to our safety & survival.....

Exciting history lesson. This is the story that we've never heard. The US has been dealing with the Muslim scourge ever since our beginning. It answers why Jefferson spent so much time in Europe. This book makes it exciting to read and gives us a real taste of the times and of the heroic battles. Highly recommend.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. A great read about our history! A reminder of from our earliest beginnings as a nation what true Americans are made of....great courage and sacrifice. An eye opener.

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