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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 17, 2008 - History - 592 pages
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"A fluent, intelligent history...give[s] the reader a feel for the human quirks and harsh demands of life at sea."—New York Times Book Review

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.

  

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Review: Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the US Navy

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An excellent book on the subject and covering all aspects of the creation and actions of the US Navy. From Congress, to ship design and engineering, to material usage, to manning and seniority, the ... Read full review

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United States... President... Congress... Constitution... Constellation... Chesapeake. Names so intertwined with the formation of America as a free and proud nation that they still clang when you ... Read full review

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Ian W. Toll is an independent naval historian, the author of Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942 and Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy. Six Frigates won broad critical acclaim and was selected for the Samuel Eliot Morison Award, the William E. Colby Award, and New York Times “Editor’s Choice” list. He lives in San Francisco.

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