Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy
"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 ReviewBefore 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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Six frigates: the epic history of the founding of the U. S. NavyUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This history will be a delight to fans of naval literature, fact or fiction. Toll, a former Wall Street analyst, vividly recounts the first two decades of the U.S. Navy, beginning with CongressÃƒÂ¯Ã‚Â ... Read full review
Review: Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the US NavyUser Review - Eric - Goodreads
I loved this book because it was engaging, well written, spent 20 years in the US Navy, and I live in an area that had musch to do with the beginnings of the US Navy. I really appreciate this wonderful work of history. Read full review