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A real-life thriller--the true story of the unheralded American who brought the Barbary Pirates to their knees.

In an attempt to stop the legendary Barbary Pirates of North Africa from hijacking American ships, William Eaton set out on a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. The operation was sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson, who at the last moment grew wary of "intermeddling" in a foreign government and sent Eaton off without proper national support. Short on supplies, given very little money and only a few men, Eaton and his mission seemed doomed from the start. He triumphed against all odds, recruited a band of European mercenaries in Alexandria, and led them on a march across the Libyan Desert. Once in Tripoli, the ragtag army defeated the local troops and successfully captured Derne, laying the groundwork for the demise of the Barbary Pirates. Now, Richard Zacks brings this important story of America's first overseas covert op to life.

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The Pirate Coast
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5 / 5
Very entertaining! Highly recommend
February 4th, 2014
This book was a real page turner. I am shocked this has never been made into a movie. Don't want to spoil it but the progression of events follows what you might expect In a modern tale. Interesting portrayal of Jefferson showing a more common side of a politician. Wonderfully written - especially appreciated the ending which showed the ultimate fate of the main characters. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical drama.
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