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C.S. Forester, creator of the beloved Horatio Hornblower series, takes young readers on an exciting adventure to the shores of Tripoli in North Africa. That's where, more than 200 years ago, the United States was threatened by "pirates" who snatched American merchant ships and imprisoned sailors - and the country's young, untested navy took on the task of fighting the pirates in their home waters.

This true tale features thrilling ocean battles, hand-to-hand combat, and the first landing on foreign soil by the U.S. Marines, and it's as fresh and relevant today as when it was first published.

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  • Robert
  • 20-03-2014

An almost forgotten part of U.S. history

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The civilized world's experience with the Barbary Pirates shows a lesson that is often forgotten in today's international relations and should not be. You can't deal with criminals and terrorists except from a position of strength. Almost every war the U.S. as been drawn into has been following a period when we let our military strength drop. Only then do other countries feel enboldened to try to push us out of the way. This book shows the U.S. at both its worst and best as a leader of freedom and it all true history that has lessons to teach and that need to be remembered.

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  • Wendy K D
  • 06-09-2017

Not what I was looking for.

This is not like Forester's other works that I was familiar with, as I am a huge fan of Hornblower series.
Bland historical account. United States Early Navy and the War with Tripoli.
Narration is similar. Bland.
Disappointing from a Audible Book standpoint. Would be better read.

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  • Henry
  • 10-01-2021

Fantastic

this is a great read and an important part of History that is usually omitted from general education. it is easy to follow in entertaining and gives a great idea of what it was like to be a pirate a sailor a soldier.

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  • S. H. Moore
  • 18-10-2020

As an adult this is a great and endearing tale.

If you want something outside of what’s taught in school to make you kid see history can be fun and interesting, while also making them revere the qualities that make great history happen, then get them to listen to this book. Great simplified coverage of a pivotal period in America’s history that got our toe wet on the world stage.

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