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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This book currently has an average rating of 4.3/5, and it's not exaggerated. The great writing style of Ian Toll makes this history book read more fluently and captivating than many novels. Many of ... Read full review

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Highly recommended. Toll combines a detailed description of early US naval operations with a generally excellent writing style. Two minor glitches: he relies on nautical nomenclature, often obsolete ... Read full review

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Ian W. Toll is the author of Pacific Crucible and Six Frigates, winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award and the William E. Colby Award. He lives in San Francisco and New York.

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