Title: Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
Author: Brian Kilmeade
Page Count: 304
Publishing Date/Publisher: November 2015/Sentinel
Review: This was a very interesting book. I hadn’t heard about any naval battles the US took part in during its infancy, so I was surprised when I came across this book. Kilmeade goes into Jefferson’s struggles in keeping American ships from being taken over by pirates once the US lost the protection of the British Navy. No longer flying the British flag, the American ships were free game to the Tripoli pirates; no deal had been struck to pay the pirates off to assure ships could pass in safety.
No spoilers for the rest of it, you’ll have to read that for yourself.
I would have liked there to have been more discussion on Jefferson’s more problematic aspects in the beginning, but I understand that it probably wouldn’t have fit with the narrative flow very well. That, and given the author’s political stance, I don’t think he would have anyway.
I would still recommend it, that’s for sure. It was well written and engaging and I enjoyed reading it.