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Jefferson's war : America's first war on terror, 1801-1805
Wheelan, Joseph.
Personal Author:
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxx, 414 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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E335 .W47 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Author Joseph Wheelan has marvelously captured the story of America's war against the Barbary pirates, our first war against terror and the nations that support it. The Barbary pirates, a Muslim enemy from Tripoli, attacked European and American merchant shipping with impunity. Jefferson ordered the U.S. Navy to Tripoli in 1801 to repel "force with force." The Barbary War was also a proving ground for such young officers as William Bainbridge, Stephen Decatur, Isaac Hull, and David Porter -key players in the impending War of 1812 against Great Britain.

Author Notes

Joseph Wheelan, a graduate of the University of Wyoming and University of Colorado-Denver, was for twenty-six years an editor and reporter for the Associated Press and the Casper Star-Tribune (Wyoming). He and his wife Pat live in Cary, North Carolina

Table of Contents

Cast of Charactersp. IX
Ships of the United States Mediterranean Squadron, 1801-1806, and Their Commandersp. XI
Glossaryp. XIII
Author's Notep. XVI
Prologuep. XVII
Mapsp. XXVII
I The "Pacifist" Presidentp. 1
II The Dreadful Corsairsp. 9
III The New Nation and Barbaryp. 32
IV "A Good Occasion to Build a Navy"p. 55
V "Will Nothing Rouse My Country?"p. 78
VI War and Early Triumphp. 102
VII The War That Wasn'tp. 121
VIII Frustrationp. 140
IX The Philadelphia Disasterp. 159
X A Daring Counterstrokep. 180
XI Preble's Fighting Squadronp. 199
XII A Destructive Schemep. 217
XIII Plotting a Regime Changep. 232
XIV America's Lawrencep. 253
XV Derna and Peacep. 280
XVI Aftermathp. 306
XVII Full Circlep. 324
XVIII Epiloguep. 345
Notesp. 369
Bibliographyp. 397
Indexp. 401