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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Review: Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the US NavyUser Review - Mac McCormick III - Goodreads
I have long been interested in the history of the US Navy, but have never read that much about the early history of the service. After reading Ian W. Toll's excellent Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in ... Read full review
Review: Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the US NavyUser Review - Robert Sparrenberger - Goodreads
This is an excellent look at the founding of the US Navy. The revolution and the war of 1812 are explored in detail. Well written with not too much nautical detail which can bog books like this down. Would also recommend " ships of oak, guns of iron" for another look at the war of 1812. Read full review