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

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Attention fans of Patrick O'Brian's fiction about the Royal Navy -- this is a piece of American history you will enjoy reading. You will be introduced to larger-than-life characters and make good use of that specialized vocabulary you developed in reading the Aubrey/Maturin series.

— Chris


Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government. The founders--particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams--debated fiercely. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships.

From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliff-hanger 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 the narrative flair of Patrick O'Brian.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393330328
ISBN-10: 039333032X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: March 1st, 2008
Pages: 560
Language: English

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