The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

Richard Zacks

A real-life mystery, now in paperback--the actual tale of the unheralded American who introduced the Barbary Pirates to their knees

In an try and cease the mythical Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out on a mystery project to overthrow the govt of Tripoli. The operation used to be sanctioned by means of President Thomas Jefferson, who on the final second grew cautious of "intermeddling" in a international executive and despatched Eaton off with out right nationwide help. brief on offers, given little or no funds and just a couple of males, Eaton and his undertaking appeared doomed from the beginning. He triumphed opposed to all odds, recruited a band of eu mercenaries in Alexandria, and led them on a march around the Libyan barren region. as soon as in Tripoli, the ragtag military defeated the neighborhood troops and effectively captured Derne, laying the foundation for the death of the Barbary Pirates. Now, Richard Zacks brings this significant tale of America's first in a foreign country covert op to existence.

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