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

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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.

About the Author


Ian W. Toll is the author of Twilight of the Gods, the New York Times bestseller The Conquering Tide, Pacific Crucible, and Six Frigates, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and the William E. Colby Award. He lives in New York.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393058475
ISBN-10: 0393058476
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 17th, 2006
Pages: 576
Language: English

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