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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the war that changed American history / Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger.

Kilmeade, Brian, (author.). Yaeger, Don, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
McIntosh Public Library J 973.47 KIL (Text) 33500013246087 New Checked out 10/06/2020
Moorhead Public Library J 973.47 KIL (Text) 33500013246095 New Checked out 10/12/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 0425288951
  • ISBN: 9780425288955
  • Physical Description: [xiii], 158 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: [Young readers adaptation]
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2020.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"The New York Times bestseller adapted for young readers"--Cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-153) and index (pages 155-158).
Summary, etc.:
This is the little-known story of how a newly independent nation was challenged by four Muslim powers and what happened when America's third president decided to stand up to intimidation. When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America faced a crisis. The new nation was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa's Barbary coast routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. Over the previous fifteen years, as a diplomat and then as secretary of state, Jefferson had tried to work with the Barbary states (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco). Unfortunately, he found it impossible to negotiate with people who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy -- at least not while easy money could be made by extorting America, France, England, and other powers. So President Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy's new warships and a detachment of marines to blockade Tripoli -- launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America's journey toward future superpower status.
Target Audience Note:
Middle grades.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2
    This adaptation for young readers trims the original (2015) publication down considerably, resulting in a fast-paced piece of action-packed history capable of capturing any consenting middle-grade audience. As America transitioned into independence, the young nation's vulnerability was exploited by the aggressive Barbary states, whose "pirates" began targeting American merchant vessels. This—specifically, the enslavement of American sailors—led the United States to raise a small navy and plunge into its first war. Despite the title, Jefferson plays a supporting role, with the bulk of the action taking place off the Barbary coast, following the exploits of a rotating cast of American sailors and diplomats in a play-by-play narrative broken into brisk chapters. The justification for war—liberating enslaved Americans—may rightly rankle readers, given that America's own enslaved Africans receive no mention whatsoever, and the authors offer no commentary or context to address the hypocrisy. With this exciting but jarringly uncritical account of early U.S. history, educators should be ready to add context to the narrative. Grades 6-8. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Brian Kilmeade is the co-author of George Washington's Secret Six, a New York Times bestseller for more than five months. He co-hosts Fox News Channel's morning show Fox & Friends and hosts the daily national radio show Kilmeade & Friends. He lives on Long Island.

Don Yaeger is an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, and author of more than two dozen books, including nine New York Times bestsellers. A world-class storyteller, Yaegar draws on his personal experiences as well as those with a host of sports legends to inspire audiences from Fortune 500 companies to cancer survivor groups. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Jeanette, and their two children.

Subject: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 > Juvenile literature.
United States > History > Tripolitan War, 1801-1805 > Juvenile literature.
United States > History > Tripolitan War, 1801-1805 > Naval operations > Juvenile literature.
United States > History > Tripolitan War, 1801-1805 > Underground movements > Juvenile literature.
Pirates > Africa, North > History > 19th century > Juvenile literature.
Pirates > Mediterranean Region > History > 19th century > Juvenile literature.
Africa, North > History, Naval > 19th century > Juvenile literature.
Mediterranean Region > History, Naval > 19th century > Juvenile literature.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Military operations, Naval.
Underground movements, War.
Mediterranean Region.
North Africa.
United States.
Genre: History.
Juvenile works.
Naval history.

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