Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates Pdf Summary Reviews By Brian Kilmeade

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates Pdf Summary

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review


Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger is an historical account of one of the earliest wars the United States fought as a newly independent nation, against the Barbary nations of North Africa. Though lesser known than other wars the US has fought over the years, it was an important conflict that set the stage for the US to earn a reputation as a respected nation that could demonstrate power on foreign lands as well as its homeland…PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread of Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: Overview of the book Important People Key Takeaways Analysis of Key Takeaways

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Ivy Reisner

5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting account of an often overlooked war in US history

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 25, 2015

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This is a summary and analysis of the Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger book, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History. This conflict, one of America’s first as a fledgling independent nation, has been called America’s first war on terror. Barbary pirates had taken to capturing sea vessels, disrupting trade, and enslaving seafarers and demanding a peace price to leave those ships alone (for ever decreasing periods of time at ever increasing prices) and ransom (at ever increasing prices) for the sailors. Europe’s developed nations paid them off, but Jefferson knew that could not stand. After winning support at home, he built up a small but effective navy, and through it won a victory that established America’s reputation as a strong nation able to defend itself and its interests abroad.

The main points discussed are:
1. The war with Tripoli, while often overlooked, was important in establishing America’s reputation as a nation able to defend itself. This was especially critical so soon after the revolution as it warned European powers not to try to try to take over the states and turn them back into colonies.
2. The pirates captured us ships and sailors, mistreating and sometimes killing them, for both ransom and for religious leaders. The US sailors were primarily Christian. The pirates were primarily Muslim. The two groups have a long history of animosity.
3. Pirates disrupted and sometimes completely halted trade in the area, trade that was critical for the US to repay its revolutionary war debts and build its own economy. Some nations paid for safe passage, for as long as the pirates chose to grant it, but the US would not be able, nor willing, to keep that up for long.
4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson disagreed on how to handle the pirates. Adams argues for peace. Jefferson for war. The points both made are fairly well laid out in this excerpt.
5. The naval fleet, while small, was effective largely due to good leadership. This book does not spend much time on clashes or tactics, it being a small summary, but it does cover some of the more important leaders involved, such as Edward Preble.
6. This conflict, over sea and over land via Egypt, served as a proving ground for the US. Again, specific battles are not detailed, but the efforts of William Eaton are discussed at length. He was a very interesting figure, and I plan to read more about him in particular.
7. Data was kept carefully classified until ready to be acted upon. Actions against a captured US vessel or to install a new Tripoli leader were kept secret for many reasons. The excerpt author notes that “the incident has not made the pages of many history books, landing the plan in pseudo secrecy once again”.
8. At some points in the conflict, leadership proved ineffective due to intrinsic or extrinsic factors. Captain Richard Valentine Morris, for example, is discussed at length.

I am of the opinion that history ought to be taught first from a high level, to get a sense of all the major events in broad brush strokes, just to get one’s bearings. Then come down to this level, skimming quickly over the entirety of US history, or whatever history you’re studying. Then get into the weeds with the details of major events. Most schools start in the weeds and students struggle to get perspective. I would recommend anyone interested in learning more about American history, or for parents who have children starting to study American history, gather up a good collection short works like these and go through them in chronological order.

One of the things I most appreciate about these guides, especially in this work, is that the last section explains the author’s credentials in the subject area.

I received a sample in exchange for an honest review.

Richard and Liz

3.0 out of 5 stars ~~ Lacking dates ~~

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 5, 2015

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The original book by Brian Kilmeade and Dan Yaeger is an historical account of one of the earliest US wars which was against the Barbary Nations of South Africa. Barbary pirates were attacking US ships, disrupting commerce and enslaving US citizens. In this 35 page Instaread summary/review (the original is 249 pages) you will get a good overview of what occurred. There are ten main characters so quite a few to keep track of. Also there are 8 Key Takeways. Here are a couple to whet your appetite:

>>>#1 – “The US war with Tripolo and conflicts with the other Barbary States was a lesser-known chapter in the history of the US, but the war is an important story to tell, as it had significant ramifications on how the US was perceived as new country.”
>>>#6 – “The war against Tripoli and the Barbary pirates, particularly the naval stand and land battle from Egypt, proved the United States as a strong nation despite its youth as an independent country. By going to war and implementing its naval force, the US demonstrated its fervor in protecting its citizens and commerce, standing up to the Barbary States in ways that developed European nations would not do. “

Barbary pirates were Muslim whereas the vast majority of the US population at that time were Christian. The Revolutionary War had occurred just under two decades earlier.

The only thing I did NOT like about this summary was the lack of dates. Apart from the ‘clue’ above, there is absolutely no mention of dates. It appears that all readers will know when Thomas Jefferson was president which is not good for a summary. A summary is supposed to contain the important points. Dates in this instance are important!

Important to note that my review is based on the quality of this Instaread review and not the original book. Summary provided in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Liz

Cat Mama


4.0 out of 5 stars Informative & Well Written

Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on December 1, 2015

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I am a product of the US public schools and my knowledge of our country’s early history is limited to what I learned in school. So needless to say, I had never heard of our country’s war with the Tripoli pirates. I found this Instaread to be very informative. Our entire history could have been completely different if President Jefferson had not gone to war against these pirate bullies! The information is well written, though it does get a little repetitive between chapters. I think that is only when you read it straight through from start to finish. If you were just reading select sections, such as the key analysis or main characters of the book, it would not seem redundant. It’s just being thorough. I now have a basic understanding of what happened between the US and the Tripoli Pirates and can make an educated decision on whether or not I want to read the full book.

*I received this for free for the purpose of trying out & reviewing. My thoughts & opinions are my own.

About Brian Kilmeade Author Of Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates pdf Book

 Brian Kilmeade
Brian Kilmeade

Not many broadcasters can say they are on the air for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, but that is exactly what Brian Kilmeade has been doing since 2006. After joining Fox News in 1997, he was soon named co-host of Fox & Friends, where he still thrives alongside the extraordinarily talented Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt. Together they have powered their way to the top spot in morning cable TV. After Fox & Friends from 6 – 9AM ET. Kilmeade has the privilege of hosting his nationally syndicated radio show, “The Brian Kilmeade Show” on Fox News Talk from 9-12 noon.

Every weekday morning, Kilmeade provides viewers with the latest on the breaking news, sports, politics and entertainment. During his tenure at Fox News, he has developed the ability to interview and provide insight into newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and athletes. On any given day you might see him with former President George W. Bush, Michael Jordan, Simon Cowell, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, or supermodel Miranda Kerr. His radio show features many Fox personalities, big names guests and somehow still manages to cover the news of the day with seriousness and a smile.

Brian has written 5 books, 4 of which were New York Times best sellers: ”The Games Do Count”, “It’s How You Play the Game” and more recently, “George Washington’s Secret Six” and “Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates” co- written with Don Yaeger. His fifth book “Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans” is due out in the fall of 2017, again teaming up with Yaeger with the hope of mirroring their previous success.

Prior to joining FNC, Kilmeade was an anchor/reporter on NEWSPORT TV. While in Los Angeles, he was an anchor on KHSC-TV and a host on all sports radio’s XTRA AM690. His duties on XTRA included co-hosting The Jim Brown Show where he struck up a friendship that still flourishes today. One his first jobs was as a correspondent on Channel One, a daily national high school television news program. Along way, he also managed to fit in 10 years of stand-up comedy experience.

He currently resides in Massapequa, NY where he grew up with his wife and 3 kids. When he is not working, you can often catch him on the soccer field watching or coaching. He graduated from LIU-CW Post with a BA in Communications in 1986 where he also played soccer.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates pdf book
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B018832VPM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Instaread (November 18, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 18, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3526 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 34 pages
  • Customer Reviews: 3.7 out of 5 stars    30 ratings

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