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Six Frigates: The Epic History Of The Founding Of The Us Navy

by Ian W Toll

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Published 2008-02-26
by WW Norton
ISBN: 9780393330328

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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 OBrian


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