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Six Frigates - by Ian W Toll (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 560

Genre: History

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Book theme: Naval

Author: Ian W Toll

Language: English

Street Date: March 1, 2008
TCIN: 77475165
UPC: 9780393330328
Item Number (DPCI): 247-17-6683


Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became the most divisive issue facing the new government. The founders--particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams--debated fiercely. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect from pirates or drain the treasury and provoke hostility? Britain alone had hundreds of powerful warships.

From the decision to build six heavy frigates, through the cliff-hanger campaign against Tripoli, to the war that shook the world in 1812, Ian W. Toll tells this grand tale with the political insight of Founding Brothers and the narrative flair of Patrick O'Brian.

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