Tripoli: The United States' First War on Terror

Tripoli The United States First War on Terror THE TRUE STORY OF WILLIAM EATON AND THE UNITED STATES FIRST ATTEMPT AT REGIME CHANGEApril The impasse in the four year war between the Barbary pirate state of Tripoli and the United States is

  • Title: Tripoli: The United States' First War on Terror
  • Author: David Smethurst
  • ISBN: 9780891418597
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • THE TRUE STORY OF WILLIAM EATON AND THE UNITED STATES FIRST ATTEMPT AT REGIME CHANGEApril 27, 1805 The impasse in the four year war between the Barbary pirate state of Tripoli and the United States is about to be broken William Eaton has led his ragtag army of Greeks, Arabs, and U.S Marines across five hundred grueling miles of sun scorched desert from Alexandria, EgypTHE TRUE STORY OF WILLIAM EATON AND THE UNITED STATES FIRST ATTEMPT AT REGIME CHANGEApril 27, 1805 The impasse in the four year war between the Barbary pirate state of Tripoli and the United States is about to be broken William Eaton has led his ragtag army of Greeks, Arabs, and U.S Marines across five hundred grueling miles of sun scorched desert from Alexandria, Egypt, to Tripoli s heavily defended port fortress of Derna Outnumbered ten to one, the exhausted, thirsty men carry out Eaton s daring charge on the pirate fortress and enter the history books and anthem of the U.S Marines.David Smethurst vividly chronicles America s Barbary War and the pivotal role of William Eaton firebrand, soldier, and statesman From the former army captain s appointment as consul to the Barbary Coast in 1799 to the enemy s capture of the USS Pennsylvania and her three hundred sailors to Eaton s valiant attack and its stunning aftermath, Tripoli is a fascinating tale of polished diplomacy, raw heroism, and a man as fearless and independent as the young nation he represented.

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    1. Tripoli is a fascinating look into at the early 1800's and the United States involvement in the Mediterranean. In movies the pirates are usually portrayed as romantic swashbucklers out to have adventures. In reality they ruled their part of the world with an iron fist demanding "gifts" from the governments of other countries. Of course, at the time they didn't call them bribes but if the "gifts" weren't forthcoming then war was declared on the country that didn't cooperate. William Eaton was fir [...]

    2. This history of the Barbary pirate wars uses few primary sources and is based mostly on secondary sources. The extracts used are poorly documented thus bringing into question their validity. While the work is easy to read, the scholarship is questionable to a history teacher. There is some factual information but this work should not be the sole source of information on these events.

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