Two centuries ago, without congressional or public debate, a president whom we think of today as peaceable, Thomas Jefferson, launched America’s first war on foreign soil – a war against terror.
For nearly two hundred 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. As a newly independent nation, America, and her merchant fleet became a frequent target of such piracy. After his inauguration, instead of negotiating worthless treaties and paying tribute, Jefferson chose to fight.
Readers who enjoy military and naval history, presidential biographies, and accounts of the early American republic, will find that Joseph Wheelan’s spirited narrative of Jefferson’s war provides an important perspective on America’s struggles with terror – then and now.
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