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

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 - 560 páginas
How a handful of bastards and outlaws fighting under a piece of striped bunting humbled the omnipotent British Navy.

Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The foundersparticularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adamsdebated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once. How much of a navy would suffice? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships.

From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliffhanger 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 a narrative flair worthy of Patrick O'Brian. According to Henry Adams, the 1812 encounter between USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere raised the United States in one half hour to the rank of a first class power in the world. 16 pages of illustrations; 8 pages of color.

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Well written story of the trials, tribulations and growing pains overcome of the young Navy of the nascent Republic. Leer comentario completo

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The US Constitution was known to me. I have walked her decks as a museum ship in Boston. It was illuminating to hear the early history of the American navy. The story of the war of 1812 was better ... Leer comentario completo

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Debts of Gratitude
ix
Note on Language and Nautical Terminology
xv
To Provide and Maintain
1
To the Shores of Tripoli
145
England Again
255
Epilogue
453
18152005
469
Notes
483
Bibliography
525
Index
541
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Ian W. Toll is the author of Pacific Crucible, The Conquering Tide, and Six Frigates, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and the William E. Colby Award. He lives in San Francisco and New York.

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