TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI:
THE BIRTH OF THE US NAVY AND MARINES

A.B.C. Whipple

William Morrow and Company, 1991. F/F, as new. 1st Edition. Dust jacket in mylar protector. Notes, appendices, bibliography, index, 357 pp. "'America's first war against an Arab despot...' For centuries, four nations along the northern rim of Africa, then known as the Barbary Coast: Tripoli, Tunis, Algeria, and Morocco, had been terrorizing merchant shippers, capturing and looting their vessels and imprisoning their crews for ransom. With a vital lifeline of the infant U.S. threatened by the Barbary pirates, President Jefferson faced one of the first major challenges to U.S. foreign policy: He could continue trading arms for hostages with the Barbary Coast rulers, or he could meet force with force. Jefferson decided to send a squadron of warships to the Mediterranean while Congress was in recess... The Barbary War forced Americans who had disbanded the Continental Navy to establish a new U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The war included a blockade of Tripoli, followed by sustained bombardment by the high-tech weapons of the time, America's powerful new frigates. The ground war that followed, with an army captain and eight U.S. Marines leading a motley coalition of Christians & Arabs to invade Tripoli, was successful beyond all expectations..."

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