Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History is by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. A must read book about America's first conflict with radical Islamic states; yes, this conflict began long before 9/11. From the Presidency of George Washington, the Barbary states in north Africa had been taking American ships and enslaving American crews. Washington and Adams both tried to pay for peace; Jefferson determined to win it by force. This book documents the birth of the American Navy and Marine Corp and the success of our first war on foreign shores. A Reader's Corner Highly Recommended read. An excellent look at a chapter of American history we would do well to remember.
Ratings: 10th grade - 9 out of 10.