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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (136 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Wheelan Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Two centuries ago, without congressional or public debate, Thomas Jefferson, a president who is thought of today as peaceable, launched America’s first war on foreign soil—a war against terror. The enemy was Muslim; the war was waged unconventionally, with commandos, native troops, and encrypted intelligence, and launched from foreign bases.

For nearly two hundred years, the Barbary pirates had haunted the Mediterranean, enslaving tens of thousands of Europeans and extorting millions of dollars from their countries in a mercenary holy war against Christendom. Sailing in sleek corsairs built for speed and plunder, the Barbary pirates attacked European and American merchant shipping with impunity, triumphing as much by terror as force of arms.

The author traces the events leading to Jefferson’s belief that peace with the Barbary States and respect from Europe could be achieved only through the “medium of war.”

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  • Jefferson’s War is a fascinating and readable story of how America fought and won its first war on terror—two centuries ago.”


  • “Lively recounting of the crusade, 200 years ago, that brought the marines to the shores of Tripoli...The stuff of good historical fiction—and a treat for military buffs.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A clear, suspenseful account of a complex topic.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Brian Eshleman | 11/26/2013

    " Jefferson is more a cameo than a title character. This book does work on current assumptions of American power by taking the reader back to a time when the country was idealistic with a deep sense of identity but often feckless in carrying out her aims. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pat | 6/26/2013

    " I had to fast forward through parts of this book when the tortures of the Americans were described. That said, this was a tremendous "read" about a time in our history I knew nothing about. The Middle East and America's history goes back to the beginning of our Nation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Fredrick Danysh | 5/26/2013

    " The author examines the political, economic, and religious issues that led to America's war against the Barbary pirates. The conduct of the war and the results are also discussed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by William J. Shep | 4/29/2013

    " A fresh, post-911 look at Jefferson's war against the Barbary Pirates of North Africa. "

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