Jefferson's War

  • by Joseph Wheelan
  • Narrated by Patrick Cullen
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two centuries ago, without congressional or public debate, a president who is thought of today as peaceable, Thomas Jefferson, launched America's first war on foreign soil, a war against terror. The enemy was Muslim; the war was waged unconventionally, with commandos, native troops, and encrypted intelligence, and launched from foreign bases. For nearly 200 years, the Barbary pirates had haunted the Mediterranean, enslaving tens of thousands of Europeans and extorting millions of dollars from their countries in a mercenary holy war against Christendom. Sailing in sleek corsairs built for speed and plunder, the Barbary pirates attacked European and American merchant shipping with impunity, triumphing as much by terror as force of arms. The author traces the events leading to Jefferson's belief that peace with the Barbary States and respect from Europe could be achieved only through the "medium of war".

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Tremendous work

A superbly well organized story of a complex time in our early country. This is timely & well done to relate current events to the similar stresses in barbary for all of our country's history.
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- Carroll

A true adventure story, well narrated

A war story with heroes and fools and great achievements and blunders. Reminds one of the present struggle against Islamic fanatics.

In those early days we were challenged by a pirate nation and could have chosen to pay ransom but instead decided to fight for honor.
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- Diana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.