The Shores of Tripoli: Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates (Paperback)

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The first novel in award-winning historian James L. Haley's brilliant adventure series featuring young midshipman Bliven Putnam as he begins his naval service aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise.

It is 1801 and President Thomas Jefferson has assembled a deep-water navy to fight the growing threat of piracy, as American civilians are regularly kidnapped by Islamist brigands and held for ransom, enslaved, or killed, all at their captors' whim. The Berber States of North Africa, especially Tripoli, claimed their faith gave them the right to pillage anyone who did not submit to their religion.

Young Bliven Putnam, great-nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under legendary Commodore Edward Preble on the Constitution, and marches across the Libyan desert with General Eaton to assault Derna--discovering the lessons he learns about war, and life, are not what he expected.

Rich with historical detail and cracking with high-wire action, The Shores of Tripoli brings this amazing period in American history to life with brilliant clarity.

About the Author


James L. Haley is an award-winning historian and author of numerous books on Texas and Western history, as well as several works of fiction, including The Buffalo War, which has been in print for thirty-nine years and remains the definitive history of the final war of the Comanche, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Indians against Anglo domination; the multiple award-winning biography Sam Houston; and WOLF: The Lives of Jack London; among others. Haley's work has garnered many awards, including two Spur Awards (2002 & 2011) from the Western Writers of America. The Tempest is the next thrilling installment in his nineteenth-century American naval fiction series.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425278178
ISBN-10: 0425278174
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure