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Publisher Description

"A fluent, intelligent history...give[s] the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea."—New York Times Book Review

Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government. The founders—particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams—debated fiercely. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships.

From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliff-hanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and the narrative flair of Patrick O'Brian.

GENRE
History
RELEASED
2008
March 17
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
592
Pages
PUBLISHER
W. W. Norton & Company
SELLER
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
SIZE
3.2
MB

Customer Reviews

7834N ,

History brought to life.

Wonderfully written and captivating.

Perrymedik ,

Excellent!

Slow to start but one of my favorite reads in a long time!!

Cansu3 ,

Six frigates

Overall very well written and informative. One of the least biased historical narratives I've seen. Gives me hope for the US, as the founding fathers were as decided as we are today.

If you are into sail and early American history this is a must read.

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