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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (256 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Evan Thomas Narrator: Dan Cashman Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Paul Jones, at sea and in the heat of battle, was the great American hero of the Age of Sail. He was to history what Patrick O’Brian’s Jack Aubrey and C. S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower are to fiction. Ruthless, indomitable, clever; he vowed to sail, as he put it, “in harm’s way.”

John Paul Jones is more than a great sea story. Jones is a character for the ages. John Adams called him the “most ambitious and intriguing officer in the American Navy.” The renewed interest in the Founding Fathers reminds us of the great men who made this country, but John Paul Jones teaches us that it took fighters as well as thinkers, men driven by dreams of personal glory as well as high-minded principle to break free of the past and start a new world. Jones’s spirit was classically American. Evan Thomas brings his skills as a biographer to this complex, protean figure whose life and rise are both thrilling as a tale of dauntless courage and revealing about the birth of a nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Every sentence is written with grace and style…Thomas opens a window on the squalid, demeaning, and hazardous milieu of eighteenth-century mariners and provides unsurpassed descriptions of naval battles.”

    Washington Post

  • “A penetrating biography…an adventure story…Part George Patton, part Jesse James, Jones was, as it turns out, a perfect American hero.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “In this stellar biography of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones, journalist-biographer Evan Thomas skillfully navigates the waters of the eccentric Jones’s life…a compelling narrative of one of America’s great sea heroes.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Superlative…Both Jones and his latest biographer can justly be praised as masters of their respective crafts”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Evan Thomas captures all the incongruities, vanities, blazing ambition, and phenomenal courage of his subject”

    David McCullough, author of John Adams

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Thillmann | 2/18/2014

    " Very fine read. Jones was finally turned into a person and not just a Naval Hero for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Aaron | 12/22/2013

    " a quick read, surprised to learn of just how few battles he was in. wondering where his ships, papers, descendants? might be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Goatville9 | 11/28/2013

    " A must read for those interested in naval warfare of the Revolutionary War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 10/22/2013

    " Mr. Thomas wrote a terrific book on John Paul Jones. It's very educational and I would gladly recommend this book to all my friends. "

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