Six Frigates The Epic History of the Founding of the U. S. Navy

ISBN-10: 039333032X
ISBN-13: 9780393330328
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ian W. Toll
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.716
Language: English

"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 foundersparticularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adamsdebated 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. 16 pages of illustrations.

Ian W. Toll is an independent naval historian, the author of Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 and Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy. Six Frigates won broad critical acclaim and was selected for the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, the William E. Colby Award, and New York Times "Editor's Choice" list. He lives in San Francisco.

Debts of Gratitude
Note on Language and Nautical Terminology
To Provide and Maintain
To the Shores of Tripoli
England Again
Epilogue
Chronology of Later Events: 1815-2005
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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